Men of Order: Authoritarian Modernization Under Ataturk and Reza Shah
By: Touraj Atabaki, Erik J. Zurcher
"The biggest Asian tiger!" "The new century's economic miracle!" "The next global superpower!" These are some of the clichés used to describe the People's Republic of China which, its Communist political structures notwithstanding, has experienced remarkable economic growth during the past four or five years. In a short time the People's Republic has emerged as the world's second largest importer of crude oil, just behind the United States, the biggest global exporter of textiles, and the world's largest manufacturer of a wide-range of cheap consumer goods.
About the Author:
Erik J. Zürcher is Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Leiden.
Tom Holland's masterly study, Persian Fire, brings an ancient empire to vivid life, says Geraldine Bedell
The great kings of Persia, especially Darius and his son, Xerxes, ruled an empire stretching from India to the Aegean. No other state or nation came close for resources under its command or influence in world affairs. Yet at the same time, a curious project was under way in Athens, designed to replace the political ideal of good governance with a newer one of 'isonomia' - equality. The world was making its first experiment in democracy.
By: MICHIKO KAKUTANI
In his most powerful novels, Salman Rushdie has dexterously spun his characters' surreal experiences into resonant historical allegories. "Midnight's Children" (1981) transformed its hero's tortured coming of age into a parable about India's own journey into independence. "The Moor's Last Sigh" (1995) used the dramatic reversals of fortune sustained by one eccentric family as a kind of metaphor for India's recent ups and downs. And in recounting the interlinked stories of two powerful men, "Shame" (1983) became a sort of modern-day fairy tale about a country that was "not quite Pakistan."
Ali, An Iranian American View (Paperback)
By: Ali Parsipour
Ali's combined life experiences and real life struggles in two very rich but different cultures have given him the opportunity to share his view point on various topics. In his book, An Iranian American View, he has unfolded many remarkable experiences from the land in which he was born, to America, his adopted home.
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KOUTCHNER: Charismatic French Doctor Signs book on Saddam Husseins Crimes
Founder of the French Doctors "Medecin Sans Frontieres" Bernard Koutchner was a supporter of the War on Irak . He is critical of the way the Bush administration dealt with the War by dissoluting the existing Irakian Army. He has nevertheless been very critical of the Saddam Regime eversince having witnessed the situation of the Irakian people back in 1974. Koutchner denounces in this book the fact that France and Western Governments supported Saddam's totalitarian State responsible for the War with Iran that cost 2 Million Dead and the numerous tortures commited by the regime. It should be noted that Koutchner is very popular in the French Media and for the anecdote is married to Journalist Christine Ockrent who back in 1979 interviewed the Shah's Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda which caused a great deal of controversy for it led to the immediate execution of Hoveyda. Christine Ockrent has expressed herself on this incident in another book called La Memoire du Coeur.
By: Maggie Soleimani
Secularism & Political Islam
Reflections on the Islamic Veil
by Anthropologist & Best Selling Author
>>How are masculine and
feminine identities formed in a traditional Muslim society? What are
the dominant social models of men and women?
Born in Iran in 1967, Shahdokht Javan claims to have been "born a rebel", in a country where she says "women do not have the right to exist". She grew up in Tehran, raised by her mother along with four older brothers and sisters. Her father, Pacha Khan, was imprisoned by the Shah, after the revolution of 1979.
Even as a child, Shahdokht was not afraid to voice her beliefs, and despite the government's oppression, she had a clear understanding of freedom and a taste for it. A real tomboy, she stood out, and at a very young age, she was exiled: after a short stay in Istanbul, she arrived in Paris in 1993. Life there was hard at first; she didn't speak the language. After a series of odd jobs, she was accepted into the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales where she studied anthropology. In 1998, she defended her Master's thesis on religious indoctrination: an analysis of elementary school textbooks in Iran. A year later, she focused her studies on the sociolinguistic issues concerning immigration. About the speaker: