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5/23/06

Book: 'Illegal Dating,' a True Story of the Resilience of the Human Spirit

Illegal Dating: A Journey into the Private Life of Iran by Muhammad Tahir, a recent BookSurge publication, chronicles a journalist’s trip to face the defiant in Iran
 
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In 1979, the Ayatollah Khomeini seized control of Iran and instituted the most oppressive society the world has ever seen. In Iran, music is illegal, and a man and woman who are not married can face a harsh prison sentence for the most casual of contact. But as Muhammad Tahir explains in his new book Illegal Dating: A Journey into the Private Life of Iran, the strict law of the land has not completely squelched the spirit of Iranian youth, many of whom risk their lives to rebel against this rigid social system and claim their right to personal freedom.

Tahir, a journalist, began chatting with several Iranian youth online and discovered that many of them have embraced cyberspace and use its anonymity as a shield as they condemn the government’s control of all facets of citizens’ lives.

Illegal Dating: A Journey into the Private Life of Iran is Tahir’s record of his trip to Iran to meet these fascinating young men and women who take chances not just online, but in the daily conduct of their lives. Tahir meets young men and women who date, fall in love, and even have sexual relationships on their own terms, despite family scorn and the threat of punishment from the government.

Tahir’s skill as a journalist allows him to imbed himself in his contacts’ lives and explore this probing question: why do these young men and women assert their autonomy when so much is at stake?

Tahir describes his work as "a detailed journal of his personal experiences within an intensely religious and fortified nation." Illegal Dating: A Journey into the Private Life of Iran is also an engaging character study and an uplifting story of the triumph of the human spirit.

About the Author
Muhammad Tahir, a journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Working as editor and broadcaster for its Turkmen Service’s Current Affairs news program he holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication, and PhD. student. He is Originally Turkmen from Afghanistan grew-up in Pakistan and currently lives in the Czech Republic.

For more information, or for a free review copy, contact the Author Press Relations department at 866-308-6235 ext 164. Or visit
www.muhammadtahir.com . Illegal Dating: A Journey into the Private Life of Iran is available to order online at BookSurge.com, Amazoon.com, Borders.com, and through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide.
 
 

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