History of persepolis and the islamic revolution persepolis is an autobiographical comic by marjane satrapi about her early life in iran during the islamic revolution. Molavi has a keen and nuanced view of iran, and his book introduces the general reader not only to irans contemporary history and the struggles of its people, but to the texture of the culture. The iranian revolution showed that religion can still be a more potent mobilizer of mass political action than can secular ideologies. In egypt, the brotherhood has taken an increasingly forceful part in the protests, issuing a statement thursday calling for mubaraks immediate. Kasra naji as irans nuclear programme accelerates, all eyes are on the man who could have his finger on the trigger. The title, persepolis, refers to the ancient capital of the persian empire. Educated in switzerland, mohammad reza returned to iran in 1935.
After the soviet union and great britain occupied iran in 1941, reza shah was forced into exile, and mohammad reza ascended irans throne. The secret history of irans radical leader kasra lived in tehran before and after mr ahmadinejad came to power and worked very hard on his research for the book. Zoroastrianism now has an estimated 100,000 to 200,000 worshipers worldwide, and is practiced today as a minority religion in parts of iran and india. Iran became a police state, monitored by the hated savak secret police. The secret history of irans radical leader naji, kasra, steer, isabella, wilson, anna. Ahmadinejad is both a product of these changes and an agent of them. Some of the most popular iranian leaders who have garnered much limelight for reasons both good and bad include mohammad khatami, ali khamenei, mahmoud ahmadinejad. Secret affairs shows how governments since the 1940s have connived with militant forces to control oil resources and overthrow governments. Many muslims accused rushdie of blasphemy or unbelief and in 1989 the ayatollah ruhollah khomeini of iran. This is a wellcrafted treatment of the subject, although at times, particularly in the beginning, it can drag a bit. Irans president was relatively unknown on the international stage before he was elected, but hes a standardbearer for a new generation of. As usbacked strongmen around north africa and the middle east are being toppled or shaken by popular protests, washington is grappling with a crucial foreignpolicy issue. The secret history of irans radical leader with great interest. Islamic clerical opposition leader ayatollah ruhollah.
The history of usisrael relations if americans knew. The secret history of irans radical leader naji, a journalist, begins by thanking the islamic republic of iran for making this book possible by long denying him the right to work there. As irans nuclear program accelerates, all eyes are on the blacksmiths son who could have his finger on the trigger. Mark vernon has written about the emergence of christianity in his recent book, a secret.
The secret history of isis full film frontline frontline pbs official. The media often echo this, depicting iran as a cross between the persian empire and the third reich, aspiring to reestablish a pax iranica across the region. The secret political activities of two supreme court justices. Featuring interviews of friends, family and colleagues of president of iran, mahmoud ahmadinejad, this book tells the story of how he came to power. In addition, the shahs reforms, particularly those concerning the rights of women, angered shia clerics such as ayatollah khomeini, who fled into exile in iraq and later france beginning in 1964.
A chronology of key events in iran s history, from the first persian empire to the present. Ahmadinejad the secret history of irans radical leader. Kasra lived in tehran before and after mr ahmadinejad came to. A supreme religious leader of the shiite group, and leader of iran from 1979 to his death in 1989. Hes a special correspondent for bbc persian television in london. The writers of the four books of shia were iranian, as well as many other great shia scholars. This jibe plus that tantalizing title secret history suggests a study tilting toward the satirical and the sensational. The secret history of irans radical leader paperback 1994 by aa author 4. It turns out, iran has a pretty long history of unrest in order to put power in the hands of the people, and the most recent revolution in 1979 was, at least at first, not necessarily about. The domination of sunnis did not mean shia were rootless in iran. For them, the hostage crisis is just one of a number of incidents that have happened over the past 50 years. In one of the most unique arrangements in the courts history, brandeis enlisted frankfurter, then a professor at harvard law school, as his paid political lobbyist and lieutenant, writes murphy, in his book the brandeisfrankfurter connection. However, the supreme powers rest with the supreme leader of iran, who is the head of state and highest ranking political and religious authority of the country.
Mohammad reza shah pahlavi was the eldest son of reza shah pahlavi, irans ruler and founder of the pahlavi dynasty 1925. It was out of ideas, which leaders tried to paper over with pageants of games and grandiose building projects. Naji, a journalist, begins by thanking the islamic republic of iran for making this book possible by long denying him the right to work there. Still a very good book, but perhaps didnt require quite as much of a deep dive into the background of iranian history. List of books and articles about iranian history online.
In this groundbreaking book, mark curtis reveals the covert history of british collusion with radical islamic and terrorist groups. As irans nuclear program accelerates, all eyes are on the blacksmiths. Washingtons secret history with the muslim brotherhood. This book covers the various secret groups and cabals that continue to dominate iran. In this lively narrative, the author establishes what al qaeda is or has become, what it wants, what its capabilities are, and how the west can answer its. Kasra naji as irans nuclear programme accelerates, all eyes are on the man who could have his finger on. The secret history of isis full film frontline youtube. The secret history of irans radical leader by kasra naji, isabella steer other primary creator, anna wilson other primary creator university of california press, 9780520256637, 312pp.
Drawing on unparalleled access to osama bin laden and his key associates, journalist abdel bari atwan gives an incisive and timely account, the clearest we have so far, of the rise of the notorious terrorist organization, al qaeda. Islamic religious leader who led a fundamentalist revolution in iran in 1979. For a detailed description of the persian empire, see persia. The secret history of irans radical leader by kasra naji. The story of how britain has helped nurture the rise of global terrorism. Very thorough history of the iran hostage crisis and particularly the canadian caper. This is an episode that completely defines iranian history and the iran united states relationship. As iran s nuclear program accelerates, all eyes are on the blacksmiths son who could have his finger on the trigger.
How the president, israel, and the gulf states plan to fight iran and leave the palestinians and the obama years behind. Houchang nahavandi, one of the shahs ministers and closest advisers, reveals in his book the last shah of iran. The domination of the sunni creed during the first nine islamic centuries characterized the religious history of iran during this period. Naji was a student in iran at the time and has been in and out of the country since then. This book attempts to trace out the secret history of iran, from 500 b.
By then there was already unambiguous evidence indicating the urgency of defusing the imminent danger posed by iraq and its primary allies in the growing terrorist conspiracy. American officials without any trace of irony label iran as militaristic, aggressive, expansionist, interventionist, even as hegemonic and imperialistic. Internationally acclaimed iranian journalist kasra naji has spent years. Early history to the zand dynasty iran has a long and rich history. The secret history of irans radical leader article in iranian studies 433. Here is a synopsis of the book followed by comments made about the book by professor fred halliday from london school of economics, dr. The secret history of al qaeda, updated edition by abdel. The satanic verses controversy, also known as the rushdie affair, was the heated and frequently violent reaction of muslims to the publication of salman rushdies novel the satanic verses, which was first published in the united kingdom in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of muhammad.
Some of the worlds most ancient settlements have been excavated in the caspian region and on the iranian plateau. The secret history of iran s radical leader by kasra naji 2009, e book at the best online prices at. Volume 43, 2010 issue 3 submit an article journal homepage. Ahmadinejad by kasra naji hardcover university of california press. The secret history of irana s radical leader by kasra naji, isabella. Iran is currently undergoing a major transformation process in its domestic politics and international relations. It documents his often strange behaviour, with his visions of the hidden imam and diatribes against israel. Iran publishes book on how to outwit us and destroy israel. The last decade of his life was filled with turmoil, notable the hostage crisis at the former u. An exploration of the islamic revolution in iran and its meaning for the rest of the world can begin with three wideranging generalizations.513 35 954 526 67 1335 952 163 100 150 938 551 808 875 650 1484 871 973 382 704 1364 205 1000 247 1362 1288 584 1471 770 1382 1039