The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

DC International Affairs Book Club
DC International Affairs Book Club
Public group

Zorba's (Dupont Circle)

1612 20th St NW · Washington, DC

How to find us

Look for the guy with the gray satchel. We’re usually upstairs to the right.

Location image of event venue

Details

Our next book is The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran, by Hooman Majd.

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Including a new preface that discusses the Iranian mood during and after the June 2009 presidential election and subsequent protests, this is an intimate look at a paradoxical country from a uniquely qualified journalist.

The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, Hooman Majd offers perspective on Iran’s complex and misunderstood culture through an insightful tour of Iranian culture, introducing fascinating characters from all walks of life, including zealous government officials, tough female cab drivers, and open-minded, reformist ayatollahs. It’s an Iran that will surprise readers and challenge Western stereotypes.
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https://www.amazon.com/Ayatollah-Begs-Differ-Paradox-Modern/dp/0767928016/
https://hoomanmajd.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooman_Majd
Published: July 28, 2009
Pages: 320

Here are some relevant videos and articles:
https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2008/1024/the-ayatollah-begs-to-differ
https://www.newyorker.com/news/steve-coll/the-ayatollah-begs-to-differ
https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/25/AR2009082502953.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOs6oG98Obs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnqvENvtSuo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRvs2jtuUrU

As always, reading the book is absolutely not required to attend.

When you arrive, order your food and drink from the counter in the back, then come find us. We’re usually upstairs to the right.