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Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard: A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan

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An engrossing blend of travel writing and history, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah’s Beard traces one man’s adventure-filled journey through today’s Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, and describes his remarkable attempt to make sense of the present by delving into the past.

Setting out to gain insight into the lives of Iranians and Afghans today, Nicholas Jubber is surprised to uncover the legacy of a vibrant pre-Islamic Persian culture that has endured even in times of the most fanatic religious fundamentalism. Everywhere—from underground dance parties to religious shrines to opium dens—he finds powerful and unbreakable connections to a time when both Iran and Afghanistan were part of the same mighty empire, when the flame of Persian culture lit up the world.

Whether through his encounters with poets and cab drivers or run-ins with “pleasure daughters” and mujahideen, again and again Jubber is drawn back to the eleventh-century Persian epic, the Shahnameh (“Book of Kings”). The poem becomes not only his window into the region’s past, but also his link to its tumultuous present, and through it Jubber gains access to an Iran and Afghanistan seldom revealed or depicted: inside-out worlds in which he has tea with a warlord, is taught how to walk like an Afghan, and even discovers, on a night full of bootleg alcohol and dancing, what it means to drink arak off an Ayatollah’s beard.

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A journey through modern Iran and Afghanistan that sheds light on present conflicts by tapping the most surprising of sources—a thousand-year-old epic poem

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306818844
Author:
Jubber, Nicholas
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Nicholas Jubber
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 pages of b/w photos
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 15.5 oz

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