Learn About Iran Starter Kit - Books

AUTOBIOGRAPHIES
“Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope” by Shirin Ebadi, 2006

“Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” Graphic novels by Marjane Satrapi, 2003 & 2004

Stories about Iran

“Garden of the Brave in War: Recollection of Iran” 2003 and “SevenShades of Memory: Stories of old Iran” 1999 by Portland author TerenceO’Donnell

“Reading Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafissi, and from a different point of view:
“Jasmine and the Stars, Reading More than Lolita in Tehran” by Fatemeh Keshavarz

CLASSICAL POETRY
Edward Fitzgerald’s translations of “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”

Dick Davis’ translations of Ferdowsi’s “Shahnameh”

Gertrude Bell’s translations of Hafiz

Everybody is translating Rumi! But we recommend Franklin Lewis

FOOD AND CULTURE
“New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking andCeremonies” and other food related books by Najmieh Batmanglij, 1992

During the first Saturday in August the annual Iranian Festivaltakes place in the Park Blocks by Portland State University with manycultural booths, music and food.
Persian New Year at the beginning of spring is celebrated locally by the following organizations: www.andisheh.org , www.persia.pdx.edu , www.iwao-pdx.org/4.html

US/IRAN HISTORY, IRANIAN POLITICS & SOCIAL MOVEMENT
“Target Iran: The Truth About the White House’s Plans for Regime Change in Iran” by Scott Ritter, 2006.

“The ‘Great Satan’ Versus the ‘Mad Mullahs:’ How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other” by William Beeman, 2005

“All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror” by Stephen Kinzer, 2003

“Iran, a People Interrupted” by Hamid Dabashi-Columbia University, New Press-2007

“Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran, Iran and the future ofLiberalism” by Danny Postel, University of Chicago Prickly ParadigmPress – 2006

“Treacherous Alliance – The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States” by Trita Parsi, Yale University Press, 2007.

“The Iran Agenda- The Real Story of U.S. Policy and The Middle East Crisis” by Reese Erlich, PoliPointPress, 2007

Submitted by Barry Amundson on Thu, 03/20/2008 - 2:21pm.