Daughter of Persia

Daughter of Persia

A Woman's Journey From Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution

Book - 2006
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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 Post

The 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.
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, ©2006
Edition: 1st Three Rivers Press ed
ISBN: 9780307339744
0307339742
Characteristics: xii, 410 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Munker, Dona

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Jul 05, 2012

I recommend this book to both Iranian and other cultures to read to know about Iran and as the author states what we did wrong that we ended up deserting our country and chose to live abroad. Very well written and very clear insight through events.

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