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
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
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.
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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