The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

Hooman Majd


A Los Angeles Times and Economist most sensible booklet of the YearWith a brand new PrefaceThe grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely certified to give an explanation for modern Iran's advanced and misunderstood tradition to Western readers.The Ayatollah Begs to Differ presents an intimate examine a paradoxical nation that's either deeply non secular and hugely cosmopolitan, authoritarian but expert by means of a historical past of democratic and reformist traditions. Majd bargains an insightful journey of Iranian tradition, introducing interesting characters from all walks of existence, together with zealous executive officers, tricky woman cab drivers, and open-minded, reformist ayatollahs. it truly is an Iran that would shock readers and problem Western stereotypes.In his new preface, Majd discusses the Iranian temper in the course of and after the June 2009 presidential election which trigger the biggest highway protests because the revolution that introduced the ayatollahs to energy.

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