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Statue of Persian literary icon Ferdowsi returned to city square

- Following protests against the removal of Ferdowsi's statue from a Salmas city square, reports from Iran on Thursday February 26 indicate that the statue was returned to tis original place in the Western Azerbaijan city. - 3/2/15

Gathering of Iranian writers' group cancelled by authorities

- A gathering called "Age of Translation" organized by the Iranian Writers Association for Friday February 27 was cancelled by the authorities one hour before it was scheduled to begin. A statement by the association indicates: "One hour prior to the program, a security official arrived at the hall and informed us that the gathering should not take place." - 3/2/15

Iranian translator of Blue Is the Warmest Colour 'declared persona non grata'

- Sepideh Jodeyri, who translated Julie Maroh's 2010 graphic novel about a lesbian romance into Persian, has spoken out after her book launch in Tehran was cancelled -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 2/13/15

Iranian writers welcome decline of censorship

- It is hard to overstate how beleaguered Iran's writers and publishers felt during the eight years under Ahmadinejad. The Islamic Republic has never been a bastion of freedom of expression, but during that time, things were taken to a different level. -Arash Azizi, Al-Monitor - 2/11/15

New version of Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam published

- A new version of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam has recently been published in Iran. This version has been inscribed by veteran calligrapher Abbas Akhavein based on a collection of Khayyam's quatrains, which have been compiled by Persian literature expert Mazaher Mosaffa. - 1/7/15

British-Iranian publisher to establish literary award

- Candle & Fog, a British-Iranian publishing house that publishes translations of Persian works, plans to honor translators of Iranian works to other languages. The Candle & Fog World Literary Award will be launched next year, Candle & Fog director Afshin Shahnetabar told the Persian service of ISNA on Monday. - 1/6/15

Architectural design for mausoleum of Shams of Tabriz unveiled

- The architectural design for the mausoleum of Shams of Tabriz was unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday in Khoy, which is home to the mausoleum of the tutor of the Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi. The design was created by the acclaimed Iranian architect Nader Ardalan who is a senior research associate at Harvard University. - 1/2/15

Forget "300", Meet the Real Xerxes in This Great New Comic

- Google image search "Xerxes" and the first thing that pops up are images from the comic book turned Hollywood blockbuster film 300. Cult author Frank Miller's bizarre, distorted portrayal of the ancient Persian king Xerxes the Great and his battles with the Greeks in 300 is a piece of self proclaimed stylized "propaganda". -Shirin Wertime, Barakabits - 12/4/14

Iranian writers' group denounces continued censorship

- On the occasion of the Day of Action against Censorship, Iran's Writers' Association announced that the Islamic Republic government continues to impose censorship in various and complex ways. - 12/3/14

Iranian auhtor Mahmud Dowlatabadi receives France's Chevalier of Legion of Honor

- Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi, mostly famous for his novel "Kalidar", received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday evening. The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to the author by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran. - 11/18/14

Nesta Ramazani's Persian Cooking: A Table of Exotic Delights

- Persian Cooking is the mother of English language Persian cookbooks. For forty years, this book has been a staple in kitchens of those who enjoy the cooking of Iran. This fortieth anniversary edition is revised and updated to take into account present tastes; the better availability of ingredients; and modern cooking tools and methods. - 11/8/14

Marjane Satrapi, LIVE from the New York Public Library

- Marjane Satrapi mesmerized audiences with her poignant graphic memoir Persepolis, a narrative that was at once personal and political. Satrapi joins Paul Holdengraber to discuss the unique challenges and rewards inherent in narratives of social protest, and offers a sneak peek of her new film, The Voices. - 11/8/14

The Art of the Shahnameh: Introducing Iran's Epic Poem to a New Audience

- An integral part of Persian civilisation, which stretches back several millennia, it's only right that the Shahnameh, the epic poem by Iran's national poet Ferdowsi, should be given a place within the sphere of international culture, just as Homer's Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and many other of mans creative expressions from world history have. -Ben Mirza, Huffington Post - 9/25/14

Banned Iranian author Hossein Abkenar takes up at Black Mountain Institute

- Most of us take our freedoms for granted because that's how freedom works: You use it; you don't think about it. The City of Asylum program at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV supports writers whose freedoms have been stripped by censorship and whose lives may be in danger. -Las Vegas Weekly - 9/11/14

Statue of Omar Khayyam to be set up in Manhattan

- A statue of Persian classic poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) is scheduled to be installed in Manhattan, New York City. Created by the Iranian sculptor Hossein Fakhimi, the two-meter tall statue was sent from Tehran to New York on Monday evening. - 9/3/14

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

- Simin Behbahani, one of Iran's most prominent literary figures and a vocal human rights defender who was targeted with censorship and smear campaigns by Iranian authorities, has died in Tehran. She was 87. - 8/20/14

Legendary Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani passes away

- After being in coma state for almost 13 days, the legendary Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani passed away in Pars Hospital in Tehran in morning on August 19, 2014; she was 87. Being nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature, Simin Khalili, known as Simin Behbahani, was the daughter of Abbas Khalili who was himself a poet, author and the editor of 'Eghdam' Newspaper. - 8/19/14

Simin Behbahani, Iranian lady of ghazal, is breathing naturally

- Ali Behbahani, the son of Eminent Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani Simin Behabahani's, said that the level of her mother's consciousness has been increased and that she is currently breathing naturally. Simin Behabani has been nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in literature. - 8/18/14

Iranian Security forces shut down poet's commemoration

- The fourteenth commemoration ceremony for the passing of Iranian poet Ahmad Shamloo was interrupted by Islamic Republic security forces. HRANA reports that the ceremony was organized by Iran's Writers' Association and was held on Thursday July 25. - 7/26/14

Opening minds in Iran's closed society through Parinoush Saniee's best-seller

- The Book of Fate, one of Iran's best-selling novels ever despite being banned twice, had its paperback release this month. To mark the occasion, its author, 64-year-old Parinoush Saniee, spent a week promoting the book in Bulgaria, before flying to Heidelberg, Germany, to spend time with her two children and grandchild. -The National, UAE - 7/17/14

TripAdvisor grants Certificate of Excellence to tomb of Persian Poet Hafez

- TripAdvisor, a U.S. travel website that provides directory information and reviews of travel-related content, has granted a Certificate of Excellence to the tomb of Hafez in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars Province. - 7/12/14

Shabnam Piryaei's novel FORWARD published: Not Your Typical Diaspora Story

- Shabnam Piryaei, award-winning filmmaker and author of ode to fragile, has published a novel that challenges the dominant narratives of Iranian immigration, spirituality and sexuality. 15% of the profits from her book are being donated to OMID Foundations. Forward is available through Amazon and through the publisher's website - 5/19/14

Iranian Takes Novel Approach To Publish Book

- After trying and failing for years to obtain a publishing license for his novel, Iranian writer and journalist Mohammad Motlagh finally had enough. Instead of taking the Culture Ministry's no for answer, on April 28, Motlagh began posting his novel -- one chapter at a time -- on Facebook. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 5/9/14

Iran: Supreme Leader avoids Tehran Book Fair for first time

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani launched the book fair this year by making statements against censorship. This has created controversy and been repudiated by other top Islamic Republic figures, such as the head of the Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati, and Gholamali Haddad Adel, the head of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. - 5/6/14

The Tomb of Persian Poet Attar in Neyshabur

- Happy Attar Day!: April 14 is National Attar Day in Iran. Abu Ḥamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim (c. 1145 - c. 1221), better known by his pen-names Farid ud-Din and Aṭṭar ("the perfumer"), was a Persian Muslim poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Neyshabur who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism. - 4/14/14

Three Iranian literati die during Noruz

- Historian Mohammad-Ebrahim Bastani Parizi, translator Sasan Tabassomi and poet Nushin Ganji died during the holidays of Noruz, the Iranian New Year celebration, which began on March 21. - 4/6/14

Watch Hooman Majd Talk Iran with Jon Stewart

- The perceptive and eloquent journalist and author Hooman Majd discusses his new book, The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran, with Jon Stewart of the Daily Show on February 24th. - 2/27/14

Book: Revolution Street by Amir Cheheltan

- Uncensored and unflinching, Amir Cheheltan's firebrand tale of power, corruption, and love, set against the roiling aftermath of the Islamic Revolution, opens an unforgettable trilogy of novels about everyday lives in contemporary Tehran. - 2/20/14

False Dawn: The 35th Anniversary of Iranian Revolution

- The Iranian revolution succeeded exactly 35 years ago this week. After 37 years of rule, Mohammad Reza Shah left Iran on 16 January 1979, never to return. His nemesis, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who had waged a campaign against him mainly from his exile in Najaf in Iraq for 14 years returned in triumph on 2nd February 1979 and ten days later his armed supporters attacked the last standing barracks of the shah's forces... -Farhang Jahanpour - 2/14/14

Winners of Iran's Book of the Year Awards announced

- The winners of the 31st edition of Iran's Book of the Year Awards were announced on Saturday. The awards were presented during a ceremony at Tehran's Vahdat Hall. Expediency Council Chairman Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and a large number of cultural figures and officials attended the ceremony. - 2/9/14

Persia in Crisis by Rudi Matthee - Book Review

- Hassan Rouhani's claim at Davos that Iran can become one of the world's top ten economies reflects not just the ambitions of the Islamic republic but a strong belief among Iranians that their country is a great power and its people deeply civilised. -Gareth Smyth, Guardian - 2/1/14

Mahmud Dowlatabadi's book telling story of Hasanak the Vizier published

- Firuzi Publications has recently released the latest work by the renowned Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi on the story of the chancellorship of Hasanak the Vizier based on Persian historian Abul-Fazl Bayhaqi's "Masudian History". - 1/29/14

Iran holds 10th Persian language Olympiad in Russia

- The 10th edition of Persian language and literature Olympiad has been held among the Russian students in the country's capital city of Moscow, Press TV has reported. The winners of this year's competition were announced during a ceremony held on January 24, 2014. - 1/26/14

Iranian poets arrested by Revolutionary Guards

- An opposition website reports that two poets, Mehdi Mousavi and Fatemeh Ekhtesari, have been arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. The Kaleme website reports that the two have been under arrest since early December. - 12/25/13

Iranian writers call for more resistance against censorship

- The Iranian Writers' Association has issued an announcement in advance of next Wednesday's Struggle Against Censorship. The statement indicates that in the past year, many more writers and artists have stood up against censorship. - 12/2/13

6th Annual Stanford University "Bita Prize" Awarded To Acclaimed Writer Mahshid Amirshahy

- In a ceremony held at Stanford University last Friday evening, November 15, 2013, global philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari awarded the 6th Annual Bita Prize in Persian Letters to acclaimed writer, essayist, and translator Mahshid Amirshahy. - 11/21/13

Iranian Artists Forum screens documentary on poet Mohammad-Ali Sepanlu

- A documentary about the life story of contemporary Iranian poet and translator Mohammad-Ali Sepanlu was screened at the cinematheque of the Iranian Artists Forum on Tuesday evening. The screening program was organized to commemorate Sepanlu's 73rd birthday. The title of the documentary refers to a Sepanlu's collection by the same name. - 11/21/13

11 Banned Books Iranians Will Be Able To Read If The Rouhani Government Lifts Censorship

- Iran's culture minister, Ali Jannati, has some good news: The country will be reviewing book censorship policies and maybe -- just maybe -- relaxing its book ban in the near future. -Antonia Blumberg, Huffington Post - 11/15/13

Mahmoud Dowlatabadi wins the 2013 Jan Michalski Prize

- The Colonel by Melville House author Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (and superior scarf-wearer) has been chosen as this year's winner of the Jan Michalski Prize. - 11/14/13

Photos: The House and Museum Of Persian Poet Nima

- Nima Yushij (November 12, 1896 - January 6, 1960) also called Nima, born Ali Esfandiari, was a contemporary Persian poet who started the "new poetry" trend in Iran. He is considered as the father of modern Persian poetry. - 11/12/13

Iran at the 17th Joseph Conrad Festival

- The 17 Joseph Conrad International Festival was held in Krakow, Poland in October and the Iranian writer Houshang Asadi, chosen by the organizers, spoke on "Iran; Literary Possibilities." He then took questions from the participants. - 11/12/13

Persian poet Hushang Ebtehaj commemorated

- Celebrated Persian poet Hushang Ebtehaj, known by the pseudonym of H. E. Sayeh, was commemorated by the Persian literary magazine Bokhara during a session at the Persian Language Center in Tehran on Sunday. The commemoration was one of the regular sessions the magazine holds to review works of Iranian and international literati and cultural figures. - 10/30/13

A book by Meghan Nuttall Sayres: "Love and Pomegranates: Artists and Wayfarers on Iran"

- New from Nortia Press, LOVE AND POMEGRANATES: ARTISTS AND WAYFARERS ON IRAN (2013) brings together voices of Americans, Iranian-Americans, Europeans and Iranians in a rare collection, seven years in the making, by ordinary people who have found friendships, mentors, and muses in Iran. - 10/28/13

The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons: A book talk at UCLA by Goli Taraghi, Author

- Rich in characters, whimsical and deeply poignant, humorous and real, the stories of Goli Taraghi have made her one of the world's most beloved contemporary writers from Iran. - Sunday, November 10, 2013 at UCLA - 10/27/13

BOOK: Religions of Iran: From Prehistory to the Present

- This book (by Richard Foltz) brings to light the often neglected influence of Iranian ideas throughout the history of the world's religions, from prehistory up to the present day. Originating as one of the Indo-European tribes of the Eurasian steppes in ancient times, Iranians share much of their mythology with the Greeks, Romans, Norse, and Hindus. - 10/21/13

Iran's Kafkaesque Book Censorship

- This week Iran's new Culture Minister Ali Jannati denounced book censorship under the administration of former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and said if they could, censors would have banned the Koran, which is considered to be the word of God by Muslims. That doesn't mean censorship will necessarily ease anytime soon, seeing as Jannati also suggested that the government should not allow problematic books "to poison" society. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/12/13

Culture cannot grow in a darkroom or a greenhouse: Iranian official

- New Iranian deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance for cultural affairs said that culture cannot develop in a darkroom or a greenhouse environment. "Creativities and talents are not developed in a closed cultural environment," Seyyed Abbas Salehi said during a meeting the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance held in Tehran on Tuesday to introduce him. - 10/11/13

Iran Official Slams Ahmadinejad-Era Censorship

- Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati has said that book censorship was too strict under the country's former government. In comments quoted by Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency on October 8, Jannati said censors would have rejected the Koran, which Muslims believe is a revelation by God. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/9/13

PAAIA And Library Of Congress To Celebrate Persian Language And Literature

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today announced that it will be sponsoring an exhibition showcasing the Persian language and Persian literature at the U.S. Library of Congress. This first-ever exhibition of its kind, One Thousand Years of the Persian Book, will open in March 2014. - 10/2/13

INLA asks Azerbaijan to stop replacement of Persian inscriptions of Nezami's tomb

- The director of the Iran National Library and Archives has asked the Republic of Azerbaijan to stop the replacement of the Persian inscriptions at the tomb of the Persian poet Nezami Ganjavi in the Azerbaijani city of Ganja. - 9/18/13

Ferdows Kazemi: About my novel 'The Unwanted Son'

- 'The unwanted son' tells you about the lives of three strong and independent women and their struggle to make a better life in turbulent Iran. It's about breaking taboos within an Islamic regime that tries to regulate the private lives of the people in that country. It's about homosexuality, as the biggest taboo in Iran, and its impact on family life and that of friends. It's about love, hope and dreams that exist in any other society. - 9/4/13

BOOK: Independence without Freedom: Iran's Foreign Policy

- Ruhi Ramazani is widely considered the dean of Iranian foreign policy study, having spent the past sixty years studying and writing about the country's international relations. In Independence without Freedom, Ramazani draws together twenty of his most insightful and important articles and book chapters, with a new introduction and afterword, which taken together offer compelling evidence that the United States and Iran will not go to war. - 8/29/13

'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation

- A thousand years ago, a Persian poet named Abolqasem Ferdowsi of Tous obtained a royal commission to put the ancient legends and myths of Iran into a book of verse. He called this epic Shahnameh, or "Epic of the Persian Kings." It took him more than three decades and comprises 60,000 couplets - twice the length of The Iliad and The Odyssey combined. -Jacki Lyden, NPR - 8/26/13

Iran regrets Azerbaijan's destruction of Persian poet inscriptions

- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi has expressed his profound regret over Azerbaijan's alleged move to destroy all tiles bearing Persian inscription in Nezami Ganjavi's mausoleum located in the Azeri city of Ganja. - 8/20/13

Interview with Nicole Kidman inspires Iranian writer's new story

- An online interview with Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman provided inspiration for Iranian playwright and author Chista Yasrebi to write a short story for her collection "Dying Is Not a Good Job for You". - 8/2/13

A Book by Reza Aslan -- Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

- From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that calls into question everything we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth. - 7/31/13

Book Release: Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King

- Cyrus is among the most impressive characters in the ancient world. From the Old Testament to Xenophon's Cyropaedia, ancient texts have made him to an example of tolerance and just kingship. Hailing from a small principality in southwest Iran, he rapidly rose to power, creating a world empire. - 7/30/13

Iranian-American Writer Debuts Graphic Novel Trilogy "Persia Blues"

- New York Times best-selling writer Dara Naraghi and artist Brent Bowman have co-created an epic graphic novel trilogy titled Persia Blues, published by acclaimed New York-based NBM Publishing. The complex, multicultural story features the parallel lives of a resourceful, strong-willed young Iranian woman, and explores the universal themes of tradition, family, guilt, and freedom. - 7/29/13

BOOKS: Iran's Coup, Then and Now

- Ervand Abrahamian, a leading historian of modern Iran, has recently explored the 1953 Anglo/American-sponsored coup that overthrew Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The 28 months under Abrahamian's scrutiny in The Coup: 1953, The CIA, and the Roots of US-Iranian Relations form a defining fault line in Iranian history. -Reyhaneh Noshiravani, IPS - 7/26/13

Solmaz Sharif: Poetic rewrite of the U.S. Department of Defense's dictionary

- I've been working on a poetic rewrite of the US Department of Defense's Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms for several years now. My own experience as an Iranian born in Turkey beneath the long shadow of the Iran-Iraq War has always been an impetus behind this project. -Kenyon Review - 7/14/13

Popular Iranian romance novelist Fahimeh Rahimi dies

- Prolific Iranian romance novelist Fahimeh Rahimi passed away from gastric cancer on Tuesday June 18 in Tehran at the age of 61. Rahimi had been fighting cancer for three years - 6/19/13

Persian Poets' Tour 2013

- The Poetry Translation Centre's Persian Poets' Tour presents three prominent Persian-language poets and their translators: Azita Ghahreman (translated by Maura Dooley), Reza Mohammadi (translated by Nick Laird) and Shakila Azizzada (translated by Mimi Khalvati), for a series of five readings this summer in Manchester, Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Ledbury. - 6/17/13

IRAN: A Beginner's Guide

- As the Western-Iranian impasse continues to dominate international affairs, politicians and the media confidently proclaim Iran the greatest threat to the Western World. But this villainous mask obscures a far more complex identity formed by a vibrant and tumultuous history. -Homa Katouzian - 5/29/13

BOOK REVIEW: Shireen & Nousheen: Firework Wednesday, Celebrating Norouz, Getaway 13th

- Published in the U.S. in 2013, Shireen and Nousheen Firework Wednesday, Celebrating Norouz, and Getaway 13th written and illustrated by Mehrzad Karimabadi and Shahrzad Karimabadi are among the most prolific children's books. This is not the first attempt by Iranian immigrants to present Persian culture to youngsters. -Mahshid Modares - 5/24/13

Pomegranates and Roses Shortlisted for Best Cookbook of the Year by Guild of Food Writers Awards 2013

- The Guild of Food Writers has announced the shortlists for its annual Awards. The most prestigious in food writing and broadcasting, the Awards are fiercely contested by the best in the field. Pomegranates and Roses: My Persian Family Recipes by Ariana Bundy is among the books competing for the Cookery Book of the Year Award. - 5/18/13

May 15: National Ferdowsi Day

- May 15 is annually celebrated by Iranians as Fedowsi Day. Many art and cultural festivals are held across the country to commemorate the great Iranian epic poet. Ferdowsi, one of the greatest Iranian poets, was born in 935 CE in a small village named Paj near Tous in Khorasan which is situated in today's Razavi Khorasan province in Iran. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 5/15/13

Tehran Book Fair Faces Sales Slump In Foreign Section

- Sales have slumped by 50 percent in the international section of the 26th Tehran International Book Fair in comparison with the figures for the previous edition of the event. Iran's national currency has lost about 60 percent in value against foreign currencies and there has been a deep recession in the country over the past two years. - 5/10/13

Turkish novels spark controversy at Tehran Book Fair

- The publication of Persian versions of the Turkish novels "The Forbidden Love" and "The Magnificent Century" has stirred controversy at the 26th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF). - 5/5/13

CHOICES: A Travel Account

- Walking aimlessly & losing myself in -- "Sightseeing" around -- Los Angeles -- Practicing to stop the mind its habit of -- Making-unfamiliar-familiar -- Depriving the heart and body -- Of taking in all the freshness & novelty that unseen can offer... -Roya Monajem - 5/4/13

Photos: Tehran International Book Fair

- The 26th Tehran International Book Fair (TIBF), Iran's biggest trade show of books, opened during a ceremony on Monday. A total of 77 Publishers from different countries including Britain, U.S., Germany, India, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon are attending the TIBF this year. - 5/3/13

Iranian Novel "The Colonel" To Vie For Best Translated Book Award

- The English version of the novel "The Colonel" by Iranian author Mahmud Dolatabadi is among the finalists of the 2013 Best Translated Book Award, a literary event held by the University of Rochester in the U.S. "The Colonel" by Mahmud Dolatabadi has been translated from the Persian by Tom Patterdale and the Melville House released the book in the U.S. - 4/13/13

Book: In Iran: Text and Photos by Adam Jones

- What is it like to travel in the Islamic Republic of Iran? In June 2012, Canadian scholar Adam Jones and his companion Griselda Ramirez made a 26-day, 7,000-kilometer private tour through the western half of the country, accompanied only by their guide, Mahmood, and driver Samad. They visited most of Iran's major cities along with many smaller towns, and travelled to remote frontier areas of Iranian Azerbaijan and Kurdistan. - 4/1/13

Photos: The tomb of revered Persian poet Ferdowsi

- Hakim Abul-Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi, commonly known as Ferdowsi (940 - 1020 CE), was a highly revered Persian poet. He is the author of the Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran and the Persian-speaking world. - 3/26/13

Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata

- This book is the most extensive study of the figure of Anahita in recent years, and includes new and never published before research. Anahita: Ancient Persian Goddess and Zoroastrian Yazata is essential reading for all those interested not just in this Goddess and her history, but also all those interested in Persian and Middle Eastern history. - 3/21/13

The sheikh and I: Ghostwriting for a crown prince in exile

- THE LAST I HEARD, the Sheikh was under house arrest, and his security guy was in jail. This was not the way it was supposed to turn out. The Sheikh's idea was for it to end in triumph, with his grand return to the royal palace, flags waving, trumpets blaring, the masses applauding; new alliances with the West -LA Review of Books - 3/6/13
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