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  • Title: Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey From Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
  • Author: Sattareh Farman Farmaian Dona Munker
  • ISBN: 9780385468664
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Paperback
  • An intimate and honest chronicle of the everyday life of Iranian women over the past century A lesson about the value of personal freedom and what happens to a nation when its people are denied the right to direct their own destiny This is a book Americans should read Washington PostThe fifteenth of thirty six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921An intimate and honest chronicle of the everyday life of Iranian women over the past century A lesson about the value of personal freedom and what happens to a nation when its people are denied the right to direct their own destiny This is a book Americans should read Washington PostThe fifteenth of thirty six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921 to a wealthy and powerful shazdeh, or prince, and spent a happy childhood in her father s Tehran harem Inspired and empowered by his ardent belief in education, she defied tradition by traveling alone at the age of twenty three to the United States to study at the University of Southern California Ten years later, she returned to Tehran and founded the first school of social work in Iran.Intertwined with Sattareh s personal story is her unique perspective on the Iranian political and social upheaval that have rocked Iran throughout the twentieth century, from the 1953 American backed coup that toppled democratic premier Mossadegh to the brutal regime of the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini s fanatic and anti Western Islamic Republic In 1979, after two decades of tirelessly serving Iran s neediest, Sattareh was arrested as a counterrevolutionary and branded an imperialist by Ayatollah Khomeini s radical students.Daughter of Persia is the remarkable story of a woman and a nation in the grip of profound change.
    Daughter of Persia A Woman s Journey From Her Father s Harem Through the Islamic Revolution An intimate and honest chronicle of the everyday life of Iranian women over the past century A lesson about the value of personal freedom and what happens to a nation when its people are denied the ri

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    1. Daughter of Persia A Woman s Journey from Her Father s Harem Through the Islamic Revolution, Sattareh Farman FarmaianSatt reh Farm nfarm i n December 23, 1921 May 23, 2012 , also Sattareh Farman Farmaian, was one of the daughters of Persian nobleman Abdol Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma of the Qajar dynasty Tells a fascinating tale of growing up in the 1930s in a Persian harem compound in Tehran Breaking with Muslim tradition, she became an independent woman and found herself arrested as a counterrevo [...]

    2. You know that isn t right, I screamed If you and your men are God fearing and religious, you have to help the weak, regardless of what those poor women do for a living You re supposed to protect people in danger, no matter who the government is Tomorrow begins the first batch of the classes that need finishing before I return to UCLA Thus far, only one has made its required reading explicit, and with a title such as 46A British Writers Medieval to Renaissance, it is obvious which physiognomic as [...]

    3. I learned a LOT about the culture and 20th century history of Iran This book clarified my formerly vague understanding of how the CIA s meddling in Iran contributed to our current dismal non relationship Sattareh Farman Farmaian is an amazing woman Born into a pre Reza Pahlavi aristocratic family, she comes to the U.S for college and then decides to establish the field of social work in her own country, which she does almost single handedly Her family s extensive connections help her to become s [...]

    4. A wonderful book No other words can describe the book other than those It s a very beautifully written book by a lady from a very high ranking family of Iran What makes this book so special is how the book describes life in Iran during 3 time periods,before 1979 under Shah,the chaos during 1979 and life after 1979 The chapter about how she met Ayatollah Khomeini s men was especially harrowing And I luved that part of the book the most The author is from a very well known family of Iran,her fathe [...]

    5. I learned a lot about Iran and of the courage and integrity of the woman who wrote this book I found her and emailed her my appreciation of her work and I heard back from her wow

    6. This is, quite frankly, one of the most fascinating memoirs I have ever read Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born the year Reza Shah father of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the ousted Shah of Iran came to power Born into one of Iran s noble families, she led a privileged life However, because of her family s beloved servants, Farmaian was exposed to the squalor in which the majority of her country lived She became determined to do something to help.After studying abroad to become a social worker, Farmaian [...]

    7. I have read my fair share of books about Iran, both fiction and non fiction After completing Daughter of Persia, I have to rank this book in the top three books about Iran, right up there with Reading Lolita in Tehran and Iran Awakening Ms Farman Farmaian does an excellent job detailing the political events of Iran from pre Mossadegh to the revolution from the point of view of someone who was moderate and fairly removed from politics It is an interesting take on events in Iran, viewed from the l [...]

    8. In this heartfelt autobiography, Ms Farman Farmaian provides us with a personal account of Persian history and culture The book chronicles her life experiences as a young girl born into an aristocratic Qajar family to an adult woman who founded social work in Iran and was then forced into exile in order to survive The writing is clear, wonderfully descriptive and contains a smattering of the Farsi language It is amazing that after all she has been through that she is able to provide a fairly unb [...]

    9. This is a fabulous book.It is the story of one woman but is also a journey through Iranian history ,from the Qajar and Pehalvi dynasties to the 1979 revolution.Sattareh Farman Farmaian tells the story of her life growing up in her father s harem and all the adversity that befell him following the fall of the Qajar dynasty.Then came the rise of Reza Shah and later his son who are both depicted as very cruel.She then describes the chaos of the 1979 revolution and how she had to flee for her life.I [...]

    10. A wonderful book No other words can describe the book other than those It s a very beautifully written book by a lady from a very high ranking family of Iran What makes this book so special is how the book describes life in Iran during 3 time periods,before 1979 under Shah,the chaos during 1979 and life after 1979 The chapter about how she met Ayatollah Khomeini s men was especially harrowing And I luved that part of the book the most The author is from a very well known family of Iran,her fathe [...]

    11. A remarkable life Sattareh Farman Farmaian who died in 2012 was born into medieval feudalism, grew up with a modernizing despotism of the Shah, and fled the ferocious obscurantism of the Iranian Revolution.Smart, well read, and with courage, her book makes one than a little sad, its the what Iran could have been however there is some bright side in that its what Iran still might be.Its politically difficult for anyone to swallow, which makes me like the author all the She was an aristocrat, an [...]

    12. What a fabulous book and insight into a new perspective I got a hold of this book when my husband who is getting his masters in social work brought this home as the read for one of his classes Of course I read it in a couple of days and wanted to discuss it in full with him It is a great book about a womans journey in a land where women dont have voices She goes to America and receives a degree in California as one of the first to do so and then goes home and starts an unbelievable program for w [...]

    13. This is a hauntingly beautiful account, not only of one woman s life story, but of the 20th century history of Iran It traces the rise and fall of Shahs, princes, and political movements, all as a tapestry through which the thread of Sattareh Farman Farmaian s remarkable life is woven It is an absolutely essential background to understanding the current political turmoil in Iran and it gives powerful insights into Persian culture and the mindset and outlook of the Iranian people I only gave it f [...]

    14. Fascinating first hand account of a woman raised by a political leader in Iran Her relationship with her father, mother, and the rest of the harem Also their personal upheavals during war and how she introduced social work to the country Quite an interesting life.

    15. There is no need to search into fairy tales to find an angle or a super human By looking around, you might find someone who sacrifices to boost humanity Usually, I don t like a biography However, this one is something else You can have an overview of the contemporary history of Iran from a civilian, well educated, innovative, strong women s points of view.She was raised in a very conservative family and society, in a chaotic and turbulent era hence she managed to withdraw herself and many others [...]

    16. The first part of the book, describing Satti s childhood, was an utter phantasmagoria of penmanship I am admittedly infatuated with Persian and Levantine culture it oozes out of the book s aura and pores I found both the sophistication of her prose translated by Dona Munker incredibly intoxicating and sumptuous.The book sometimes reads as the story of a woman writing her legacy and perhaps clearing her name to an extent, given the murky world and various shadows of political subversion rampant d [...]

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