Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution

Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution

by Sattareh Farman Farmaian

An intimate and honest chronicle of the everyday life of Iranian women over the past centuryA on about the value of personal freedom and what happens to a nation when its people are denied the right to direct their own destiny.

Ten years later, she returned to Tehran and founded the first school of social work in Iran.Intertwined with Sattarehs 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 Khomeinis fanatic and anti-Western Islamic Republic.

In 1979, after two decades of tirely serving Irans neediest, Sattareh was arrested as a counterrevolutionary and branded an imperialist by Ayatollah Khomeinis radical students.Daughter of Persia is the remarkable story of a woman and a nation in the grip of profound change.

  • Language: English
  • Category: Nonfiction
  • Rating: 4.08
  • Pages: 432
  • Publish Date: June 27th 2006 by Broadway Books
  • Isbn10: 0307339742
  • Isbn13: 9780307339744

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All around her, young Iranian women were getting educations, becoming teachers and nurses, growing interest in reading about and discussing politics and society. If the State Department didnt know enough by now to decide on what position to take, I wondered, what had the CIA been doing in our country all those years, with its big American Embassy and its helpful Iranian businessmen and its many dear friends at the imperial court and in General Nassiris office? However, as this offline that is in my case one of the heavily indoctrinated manipulators of the author's life and her country's fate, I doubt I would have ever read her book had I not been on this site. Recently, however, Al Azhar University in Cario, the greatest institution of Islamic learning in the world, had issued a ruling on birth control, citing passages from the Koran in which the Prophet commanded believers to care for the health and welfare of women and children. This ruling stated that birth control was in accordance with Islamic law, because the planning and spacing of children promoted the health of women and the financial well-being of the entire family. These insights are valuable not only for being grounded in a country much abused by my blindered-media, but are fully involved with the movements of the 20th century, vital to any whose conceptions of Farmaian's world extend from the Arabian Nights to terrorists and leave a vast gap in between. The experience I've had with social justice movements has shown me that the ultimate threat to protests and, indeed, "radical" thoughts, are the connections lost, the career-ruining jail time served, the boss' that fire "threats to the workplace" and many an online arguer whose every statement screams "I will not respect you due to your common humanity, but due to the fear you inspire in me that what I think will bar me from making a living by having the same thoughts as all those likely to hire/network with/get me in the door." When you see how the US government treats the homeless and those unable to make the right emotional bonds to get respect for their right to live, the fear is real. Farmaian berates herself near the end of the book for believing her social work excused her using the oppressive government for her own ends. It may be this that turns away those readers who have not yet stopped due to the 12-year old bride, the multiple wives, and any other sensationalized excuses that evaporate when faced with issues of owned slaves, age of consents in "civilized" countries, and systematic genocide.

Her family's extensive connections help her to become successful, but her upper-class origins in no way shield her from the shifting political forces during the Reza Pahlavi years.