Category Archives: Iran

“Being a Woman is Not a Tool to Punish or Humiliate Anyone”

Dilar Dirik has written a wonderful piece, Kurdish Men for Gender Equality, about a story involving Iran that is worth knowing about. In April of this year, a local court in Iran started sentencing male convicts to being dressed as … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading About Iran

Iran’s Web Censors vs. Google Reader: In the wake of Google’s announcement that it’s going to kill Reader, a fascinating article about the role Reader played in helping Iranians circumvent government censors. Pahlavi Iran and Zionism: An Intellectual Elite’s Short-Lived … Continue reading

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Norooz Pirooz! Eid Moborak! Happy Iranian New Year 2013

It is a tradition in Iran to use the works of the 14th century poet Hafez to tell fortunes. People open a copy of his divan, his collected works, and take the first line of poetry their eye falls on … Continue reading

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Farid al-Din Attar: A Reading Journal 3

Do you believe in love at first sight? All-consuming, Romeo-and-Juliet, I-cannot-live-withou-you, I-know-just-by-looking-at-you-that-you-are-all-I-will-ever-need-and-so-I-will-give-up-everything-I-have-ever-held-dear-just-to-be-with-you, I-would-even-die-for-you love? I don’t. I never have. Even when I was young enough that the romantic ideal of such a love should have resonated in me, I actually … Continue reading

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Attar in Progress: An Officer Falls in Love with a Prince

I’ve been making steady progress working on Ilahi Nama, and I thought it might be interesting to post some of what I’ve done so far. The latest poem of which I have finished the first draft, for example–just about all … Continue reading

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“My Face Became Eyes; My Eyes, Hands” – Translation Strategy and Metaphor

I am on sabbatical this semester to work on a translation of Ilahi Nama, The Book of God, by Farid al-Din Attar. I’ve been working on this book in bits and pieces for the past couple of years, producing first … Continue reading

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Learning How to Talk to Iran Means Learning to Understand Iranian Culture

This is from a recent op-ed in the New York Times, “How to Talk to Iran,” by Seyed Hossein Mousavian and Mohammad Ali Shabani: For thousands of years, Persian culture has been distinguished by customs that revolve around honor and esteem. … Continue reading

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“Argo” Is a Very Well Made Movie that Ultimately Left Me Cold

We went to see Argo last night, the new movie starring Ben Affleck that is based on Antonio Mendez’ book about his mission to rescue six Americans during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979-1980. I went expecting to see a Hollywood … Continue reading

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Nicholas Kristof Reports on his Trip Through Iran

I’m glad to see reporting coming out of Iran (here and here, both by Nicholas Kristoff) that is based on a journalist’s first-hand encounters with ordinary Iranians. It’s not just that it’s important for readers in the United States to … Continue reading

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Is Mitt Romney unusually stupid?

I’ve been assuming that Romney is pretty sharp. But now I’m wondering. From Romney’s big Iran op-ed in the Washington Post. Until Iran ceases its nuclear-bomb program, I will press for ever-tightening sanctions, acting with other countries if we can … Continue reading

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