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Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Here is the Islamic Republic of Iran today, in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction — from the modern bustling capital of Tehran to the medieval holy city of Qom. A fusion of eloquent travelogue, historical inquiry, unforgettable portraits of people, and interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, Neither East Nor West is a landmark contribution to both travel writing and cultural studies, as well as a timely illumination of an enthralling nation deeply misunderstood by most Westerners.

Christiane Bird, who spent several years of her early childhood in Iran, sets out to write a simple safarnameh — the Persian word for travelogue or, literally, travel letter — but soon delivers much more. In describing the sights, sounds, and overall tenor of life in Iran today, she helps to break through the silence that has surrounded the country's culture — as opposed to its politics — for nearly twenty years. Up until the election of Iran's moderate President Khatami in 1997, virtually no Americans were allowed into the Islamic Republic.

Bird presents an altogether unprecedented and riveting glimpse of contemporary Iran. Her travels take her from the sacred pilgrimage site of Mashhad, visited by more than twelve million Shi'ites every year, to the haunting, isolated valley of Alamut, once home to the legendary cult of the Assassins. She visits mosques, public baths, Khomeini's former home, and a Caspian Sea resort, and attends Friday prayer meetings and a horse racing meet. Along the way, she talks to everyone from muleteers to ayatollahs, Kurds to Turkomans, Westernized Iranians to traditional Iranians — many of whom invite her home for dinner or a cup of tea.

As an American woman traveling alone, largely by bus, Bird offers an insightful look at a complex nation that has long been obscured by unfortunate stereotypes and misunderstandings.

Synopsis:

Here is the Islamic Republic of Iran today, in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction — from the modern bustling capital of Tehran to the medieval holy city of Qom. A fusion of eloquent travelogue, historical inquiry, unforgettable portraits of people, and interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, Neither East Nor West is a landmark contribution to both travel writing and cultural studies, as well as a timely illumination of an enthralling nation deeply misunderstood by most Westerners.

Christiane Bird, who spent several years of her early childhood in Iran, sets out to write a simple safarnameh — the Persian word for travelogue or, literally, travel letter — but soon delivers much more. In describing the sights, sounds, and overall tenor of life in Iran today, she helps to break through the silence that has surrounded the country's culture — as opposed to its politics — for nearly twenty years. Up until the election of Iran's moderate President Khatami in 1997, virtually no Americans were allowed into the Islamic Republic.

Bird presents an altogether unprecedented and riveting glimpse of contemporary Iran. Her travels take her from the sacred pilgrimage site of Mashhad, visited by more than twelve million Shi'ites every year, to the haunting, isolated valley of Alamut, once home to the legendary cult of the Assassins. She visits mosques, public baths, Khomeini's former home, and a Caspian Sea resort, and attends Friday prayer meetings and a horse racing meet. Along the way, she talks to everyone from muleteers to ayatollahs, Kurds to Turkomans, Westernized Iranians to traditional Iranians — many of whom invite her home for dinner or a cup of tea.

As an American woman traveling alone, largely by bus, Bird offers an insightful look at a complex nation that has long been obscured by unfortunate stereotypes and misunderstandings.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671027551
Subtitle:
One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran
Author:
Bird, Christiane
Publisher:
Atria
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Iran
Subject:
General True Crime
Series Volume:
no. AU-ARI-92-8
Publication Date:
20010227
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.58x6.49x1.30 in. 1.59 lbs.

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Here is the Islamic Republic of Iran today, in all its beauty, ferocity, and contradiction — from the modern bustling capital of Tehran to the medieval holy city of Qom. A fusion of eloquent travelogue, historical inquiry, unforgettable portraits of people, and interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, Neither East Nor West is a landmark contribution to both travel writing and cultural studies, as well as a timely illumination of an enthralling nation deeply misunderstood by most Westerners.

Christiane Bird, who spent several years of her early childhood in Iran, sets out to write a simple safarnameh — the Persian word for travelogue or, literally, travel letter — but soon delivers much more. In describing the sights, sounds, and overall tenor of life in Iran today, she helps to break through the silence that has surrounded the country's culture — as opposed to its politics — for nearly twenty years. Up until the election of Iran's moderate President Khatami in 1997, virtually no Americans were allowed into the Islamic Republic.

Bird presents an altogether unprecedented and riveting glimpse of contemporary Iran. Her travels take her from the sacred pilgrimage site of Mashhad, visited by more than twelve million Shi'ites every year, to the haunting, isolated valley of Alamut, once home to the legendary cult of the Assassins. She visits mosques, public baths, Khomeini's former home, and a Caspian Sea resort, and attends Friday prayer meetings and a horse racing meet. Along the way, she talks to everyone from muleteers to ayatollahs, Kurds to Turkomans, Westernized Iranians to traditional Iranians — many of whom invite her home for dinner or a cup of tea.

As an American woman traveling alone, largely by bus, Bird offers an insightful look at a complex nation that has long been obscured by unfortunate stereotypes and misunderstandings.

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