Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 25, 2001 - History - 402 pages
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As a correspondent for Newsweek and The New York Times, Elaine Sciolino has had more experience covering Iran than any other American reporter. She was aboard the airplane that took Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979 and was there for the Iranian revolution, the hostage crisis, the Iran-Iraq war, the rise of President Khatami, and the riots of the summer of 1999. In Persian Mirrors, Sciolino takes us into the public and private spaces of Iran and uncovers an alluring and seductive nation where a great battle is raging -- not for control over territory, but for the soul of its people.

  

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Review: Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran

User Review  - Jessica Marie - Goodreads

For some reason Iran really interests me and this book really added to that. Easy to read and very interesting, though a lot has changed since the book was originally published. Read full review

Review: Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran

User Review  - Elizabeth Theiss - Goodreads

A friend traveled to Iran to give a philosophy paper and recommended this book. Sciolino is a journalist whose curiosity and acute observations make this a fascinating book and a nice introduction to Persian society, especially the society of women. Read full review

Contents

Preface Reflections and Distortions
1
NAVIGATING THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC
9
Getting There Getting In
11
Splendid Deception
26
The Improvised Revolution
46
The Mullah Wore Beautiful Shoes
68
PART TWO PRIVATE LIVES WOMENS LIVES CHAPTER 5 Leaving the Islamic Republic at the Door
93
Sir Have You Ever Beaten Your Wife?
109
OPEN WARFARE
231
Dark Nights Fear of Waves
233
The Tom and Jerry Game
249
Night Is with Child
274
A Republic in the Making?
294
DREAMS
315
Making Money Gods Way
317
The Center of the Universe
336

The Chanel Beneath the Chador
131
THE SPIRITUAL THE MYSTICAL
151
CHAPTERS Beloved of the Night
153
Martyrs Never Die
172
The World of Qom
190
Space for the Outsiders
210
Epilogue The Bride Has Gone to Pick Flowers
359
Acknowledgments
364
Chronology of Events
371
Bibliography
379
Index
387
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Elaine Sciolino is a senior writer in the Washington bureau of The New York Times. She is also the author of The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein's Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis.

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