Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic Revolution

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The Remarkable story of the daughter of a once powerful and wealthy shazdeh, or prince, Farmaian tells a fascinating tale of growing up in the 1930s in a Persian harem compound in Tehran. Breaking with Muslim tradition, she became an independent woman and found herself arrested as a counterrevolutionary. A dramtic window on Iran's journey through the twentieth century.

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Overview

The Remarkable story of the daughter of a once powerful and wealthy shazdeh, or prince, Farmaian tells a fascinating tale of growing up in the 1930s in a Persian harem compound in Tehran. Breaking with Muslim tradition, she became an independent woman and found herself arrested as a counterrevolutionary. A dramtic window on Iran's journey through the twentieth century.

A dramatic look at Iran's journey through the 20th century. After earning an advanced degree in social work in the U.S., Farmaian returned to Iran, founded the Tehran School of Social Work, and waged a war on poverty and disease for 20 years. But when Ayatollah Khomeini came into power, she faced possible execution as a "counter-revolutionary." Photographs.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As founder in 1958 of the Tehranok/per book School of Social Work, Sattareh naively believed, ``If one only avoided politics, one could achieve something constructive.'' After two decades of humanitarian efforts in Iranian family planning, day care, vocational programs and aid to the poor and prisoners' families, she was arrested in 1979 by Khomeini's machine-gun-toting teenage minions. Branded an ``imperialist,'' she narrowly escaped execution and now lives in the U.S. The 15th of 36 children, Sattareh revered and feared her ``all-powerful'' father, a prince and governor. This dramatic if restrained autobiography, written with freelancer Munker, describes her patriarchal upbringing and her education at UCLA. She belatedly realized that ``keeping our mouths shut let the Shah do what he wanted.'' Her memoir is actually most effective as a political document. She powerfully condemns the Eisenhower-backed coup that toppled democratic premier Mossadegh and installed ruthless dicatator Reza Shah Pahlavi, whose fascist secret police were trained and financed by the CIA. The Shah's corrupt, unjust regime, she graphically demonstrates, fueled explosive resentment that found an outlet in Khomeini's fanaticism. (Feb.)
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In this poignant autobiography, Farman Farmaian brings Persian history and culture alive. Born in 1921 into the powerful, aristocratic Qajar family, her life spans nearly a century of tremendous change in Iran: from a sheltered childhood in her father's harem (there was an extended family of four wives and over 30 children) through her studies at the University of Southern California where she was the first Iranian student to attend to her return to Iran to found and direct the Tehran School of Social Work from 1958 until 1979 when radical students took over the school and forced her into exile. Intertwined with her personal account is the political history of Iran from the constitutional monarchy of the Qajars through the Western-oriented but brutal Reza Khan and his son Reza Shah to the virulent anti-Western Islamic Republic of Ayatollah Khomeini. This is also a cultural history of a highly adaptable people who learned centuries ago--in order to survive--to trust no one outside one's own family. Highly recommended for all libraries.--Ruth K. Baacke, Bellingham P.L., Wash .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385468664
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition number: 0
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sattareh Farman Farmaian immigrated to the United States in 1979. She lives in Los Angeles. Dona Munker is a writer, editor, and teacher. She lives in New York.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    An engaging and enriching story 10 stars!

    Sattareh Farman Farmaian takes us through the years of her life starting with tales of her enlightened father's home to the political intrigue of her professional life during the Iranian Islamic Revolution. This book is masterfully crafted and will capture your attention and change misconceptions we westerners have about the East. This book will encourage you to live life with more vigor and gusto, following in the author's footsteps. If you are looking for a different read, try this one and change your day!

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