A Symphony of Life Triumph of Education over Adversity
A Journey of a Persian – American Woman Through War, Revolution, Love, and Freedom
The story of Dr. Redjali, a well known public figure in Iran in the mid-twentieth century, begins in Iran (Persia) during the time of Iran’s westernization and modernization spearheaded by Reza Shah Pahlavi at the beginning of the 20th century and follows the social, historical, political turmoil, and educational events of the past seventy years in Iran, in Europe and the United States.
Like a symphony, this book is composed of four movements. Through these movements, the author weaves the notes of her life into melodies of social and historical changes, upheavals, wars, revolutions and peace. She traces her own transition from being part of Iran’s ruling class to her job-seeking struggles in the United States. This provides the reader, through the author’s firsthand experience with many of the great events of the 20th century, a personal account of Iran’s contemporary history and politics, education, along with an eye-witness account of the United States civil rights movement, the women’s rights struggle, other important issues related to psychology and mental health, and personal issues such as surviving cancer in the United States. Her story encompasses shifts in the tempos and melodies of life, along with a leitmotiv of love of family, individual freedom, and unwavering hope for humanity.
The book illustrates the personal approach the author has adopted throughout her life in coping with and overcoming every adversity through using the power of education. It’s also a testament to a woman’s ability to balance all the facets of her life– career demands, family responsibilities, emotional needs, and the quest to help others.
This book with historical pictures uniquely covers the period between the rise and the fall of the Pahlavi dynasty, the rise of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the author’s personal life in Europe and the United States. It is supported by extensive research, and expresses a great hope that the longstanding cultural misunderstanding and miscommunication between Iran and the West will soon be replaced with a mutual respect which celebrates the power of individual freedom and democracy.
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About the Author
Education has been a cornerstone of Dr. Sakineh (Simin) M. Redjali's life. She received her Ph. D., Magna Cum Laude, in Education and Clinical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany after graduating from the University of Tehran with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Science and Philosophy.
While studying in Germany, she met her husband Dr. Sa'id Khadiri, a musician, at an Iranian Culture and Art presentation she gave at the University. After returning to Iran as an associate professor, she taught at the Teachers Training University. A year later, she was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of London. She spent a year learning the educational system in England, Wales and Scotland.
In 1963, she was offered a job as professor of Psychology at the National University of Iran. She was the first woman professor to reach the highest-grade position of the professorship at the National University of Iran.
In 1966, she was given a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and in 1967 she became a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Illinois. During her time in Iran as a professional woman, she tirelessly worked to promote the social status of women. As the Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran from 1969 to 1971, she established more than 150 Family Welfare Centers (Houses of Women) throughout the country.
In 1973, she established Shemiran College to provide three new needed areas of study in Iran: (1) early childhood education (2) family counseling and (3) welfare administration. She oversaw an accredited graduate and undergraduate college and established an exchange programs with several US universities.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Symphony of Life is the tale of a long and turbulence life-journey of many peaks and valleys, enriched with history all the way through.
Dr. Simin Redjali’s life story intrigued me from the moment I met her and began to read her book; A Symphony of Life. The book details a life dedicated to service and creation of opportunities for others, women and children, specifically. As a woman who was born and raised in Iran, I appreciate and applaud her efforts and tenacity for bringing about meaningful changes to the lives of many Iranian women, especially the less fortunate. As an American citizen, I am truly impressed with her contribution to the mental health system in state of Virginia. Learning about her through her book, I cannot now think of any other woman who has nurtured, mentored and helped jumpstart the careers of so many people as has she. I also applaud her strength and ability to overcome the many social and cultural berries that existed for women in both of her countries; Iran and the United States. Dr. Redjali is a genuine philanthropist
" Symphony of Life is a true story. It expertly recounts a living experience during years of weighty responsibility that the author endured…. It is a vibrant mirror of social and historic reality for a country. Through the academic influence of the author, the arguments are described with simplicity and precision. It is not just an autobiography, but is rich with questions and human relations in Iran, a country presently much maligned in the media.” Flavio Colavelli