The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

Author: Hooman Majd
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141978161
Release Date: 2013-10-31
Genre: Travel

Hooman Majd, acclaimed journalist and New York-residing grandson of an Ayatollah, has a unique perspective on his Iranian homeland. In this vivid, warm and humorous insider's account, he opens our eyes to an Iran that few people see, meeting opium-smoking clerics, women cab drivers and sartorially challenged presidential officials, among others. Revealing a country where both t-shirt wearing teenagers and religious martyrs express pride in their Persian origins, that is deeply religious yet highly cosmopolitan, authoritarian yet reformist, this is the one book you should read to understand Iran and Iranians today.

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ The Paradox of Modern Iran

Author: Ahban Azer
Publisher:
ISBN:
Release Date: 2004-12-15
Genre:

“Perhaps the best book yet written on the contradictions of contemporary Iran.... It captures like no book in recent memory the ethos of the country, in elegant and precise prose.” —Los Angeles Times “Illuminating.... Captivating.... A discerning guide to a complex country.” —Christian Science Monitor “Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the paradox that is Iran (as well as America) in the post-Bush world.” —GQ “In this delightful book, Hooman Majd, a gifted storyteller, takes us on a tour of his own private Persia, which is also the Iran of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The results are illuminating, humorous, sobering, and ultimately reassuring.” —Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad “Hooman Majd is a stylish and engaging guide through the by-ways of Iranian life. Leading us from seminary to opium den to the presidential compound, his wry sense of humor makes this book a pleasure to read.” —Gary Sick, Ph.D., senior research scholar at Columbia University and member of the National Security Council staff under presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan “A witty, timely perspective on the nation posing the greatest challenge to our next President. Travel writing often makes for easy reading at the expense of relevant information, which gets lost in the details. Not so with* *The Ayatollah Begs to Differ.” —Bill White, mayor of Houston and U.S. secretary of energy under President Clinton From the Trade Paperback edition. From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. In this critical but affectionate portrait of Iranian politics and culture, Majd, the Western-educated grandson of an ayatollah, delves into the very core of Iranian society, closely examining social mores and Farsi phrases to identify the Persian sensibility, which, Majd determines, cherishes privacy, praise and poetry. Nothing is too small or too sweeping for Majd to consider, and although he announces his allegiance to the former president Khatami, he remains scrupulously even-handed in assessing his successor Ahmadinejad, shedding light on the Iranian president's obsession with the Holocaust and penchant for windbreakers and why the two are (surprisingly) intertwined. The author's brisk, conversational prose is appealing; his book reads as if he is chatting with a smart friend, while strolling around Tehran, engaged in ta'arouf (an exaggerated form of self-deprecation key to understanding Persian society). Although Majd seems to gloss too quickly over realities that don't engage his interest—women's voices are only intermittently included—this failing scarcely mars this remarkable ride through what is often uncharted territory. (Oct.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Review “Perhaps the best book yet written on the contradictions of contemporary Iran.... It captures like no book in recent memory the ethos of the country, in elegant and precise prose.” —Los Angeles Times “Illuminating.... Captivating.... A discerning guide to a complex country.” —Christian Science Monitor “Essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the paradox that is Iran (as well as America) in the post-Bush world.” —GQ “In this delightful book, Hooman Majd, a gifted storyteller, takes us on a tour of his own private Persia, which is also the Iran of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The results are illuminating, humorous, sobering, and ultimately reassuring.” —Jon Lee Anderson, author of The Fall of Baghdad “Hooman Majd is a stylish and engaging guide through the by-ways of Iranian life. Leading us from seminary to opium den to the presidential compound, his wry sense of humor makes this book a pleasure to read.” —Gary Sick, Ph.D., senior research scholar at Columbia University and member of the National Security Council staff under presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan “A witty, timely perspective on the nation posing the greatest challenge to our next President. Travel writing often makes for easy reading at the expense of relevant information, which gets lost in the details. Not so with* *The Ayatollah Begs to Differ.” —Bill White, mayor of Houston and U.S. secretary of energy under President Clinton From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bis wir frei sind

Author: Shirin Ebadi
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492974813
Release Date: 2016-10-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Shirin Ebadi, die erste muslimische Friedensnobelpreisträgerin, wurde wegen ihres Engagements für Menschenrechte in ihrem Heimatland jahrelang von der iranischen Regierung bedroht und schikaniert – und verlor dabei alles: ihren Ehemann, ihr Zuhause, ihre Freunde, ihr Hab und Gut. Nur eines konnte man der Menschenrechtsaktivistin nicht nehmen: den Glauben an eine bessere Zukunft und den Willen, für ihre Überzeugungen zu kämpfen. Nun erzählt sie auf bewegende und erschütternde Weise von ihrem unablässigen Kampf für Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit, den sie trotz aller Widrigkeiten auch im Exil unerschrocken fortführt. Nach dem großen Erfolg von »Mein Iran« ist dies der zweite Teil ihrer beeindruckenden Geschichte.

The Ayatollahs Democracy An Iranian Challenge

Author: Hooman Majd
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393080391
Release Date: 2011-09-12
Genre: Political Science

"One of America's most astute revealers of Iranian culture and identity."-Reza Aslan, The Atlantic Hailed as one of the year's best foreign policy books, Hooman Majd's latest offers dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions, an elaborate political culture, and policies with enormous implications for world peace. Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite, Majd "gives a harrowing description of the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections in Iran" (Haleh Esfandiari). This "nimble take on Iran's fraught political landscape" (Kirkus Reviews) "sounds a dire warning to those in the West who want a democratic Iran. . . . Let us hope the President is listening" (Reza Aslan, The Atlantic).

Mein Iran

Author: Shirin Ebadi
Publisher: Piper ebooks
ISBN: 9783492975438
Release Date: 2016-10-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Seit Jahrzehnten setzt sich Shirin Ebadi für Menschenrechte und eine Reform der iranischen Gesellschaft ein. In »Mein Iran« erzählt die Friedensnobelpreisträgerin von den frühen Jahren ihres politischen Engagements, ihrer Zeit als Richterin, den Demütigungen und Schikanen durch die islamische Revolution bis hin zu ihrer Verhaftung und ihrem dennoch fortwährenden Kampf. Ein beeindruckendes Zeugnis politischen Muts und ein tiefer Einblick in die Strukturen eines gespaltenen Landes.

M rkte im Umbruch

Author: Mohamed El-Erian
Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
ISBN: 9783862488391
Release Date: 2009-05-29
Genre: Business & Economics

Die globalen Wirtschaftssysteme ändern sich rasant und werden zunehmend von heftigen Krisen geschüttelt. Nationen die bis vor kurzem noch in Wohlstand schwelgten, stehen kurz vor dem finanziellen Kollaps und sehen sich auf einmal vor ganz neue Herausforderungen gestellt. Vielen Börsianern geht es nicht anders. Die Handelsstrategien von gestern funktionieren heute nicht mehr. Investoren müssen die Märkte ganz neu interpretieren und bewerten. Nur wie? Das Buch zeigt mögliche Wege und Szenarien, mit denen sich Investoren auf die künftigen Herausforderungen der Weltwirtschaft optimal vorbereiten. Es gibt Strategien an die Hand, Fehldeutungen zu vermeiden und seine Vermögenswerte zu schützen. Mit durchdachten und einfach nachzuvollziehenden Erläuterungen beleuchtet El-Erian die Ursachen und die Konsequenzen der aktuellen Verfassung der globalen Wirtschafts- und Finanzsysteme.

Selbs Betrug

Author: Bernhard Schlink
Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG
ISBN: 325722706X
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Fiction

Een privé-detective krijgt opdracht een verdwenen studente op te sporen.

Der junge Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104029962
Release Date: 2015-10-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

»Eine Art ›Der Pate, Teil 1‹: Wahrscheinlich die größte historische Biographie des Jahres« The Observer Revolutionär, Bankräuber, Dichter, Priesterschüler, Ehemann, Liebhaber, Vater – all dies war der junge Stalin zugleich. Wenig war bisher bekannt über die Jugend und das so außergewöhnliche wie abenteuerliche Leben des späteren Diktators. Der Historiker und Bestsellerautor Simon Sebag Montefiore hat zahllose unbekannte Dokumente zu Tage gefördert und erzählt die packende, bisher ungeschriebene Geschichte des jungen Josef Stalin und wie aus ihm der gefürchtete Diktator und Staatsmann wurde. »Kein Historiker ist Stalin so nah auf die Haut gerückt wie Simon Sebag Montefiore.« Berliner Zeitung