Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

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Brandeis University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 205 pages
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Farideh Goldin was born to her 15-year-old mother in 1953 and into a Jewish community living in an increasingly hostile Isalmic state - pre-revolutionary Iran. This memoir recounts Goldin's childhood in a poor Jewish household in Shiraz, a southern Iranian city, and her emigration to the United States in 1975. celebrations like weddings, Goldin chronicles her childhood, her extended family and the lives of the women in her community. Her memoir details her parents' courtship (her father selected her mother from a group of adolescent girls), her mother's lonely life as a child-bride and Goldin's childhood home which was presided over by her paternal grandmother. family fraught with discord but also the tragic human costs of religious dogmatism. In Goldin's experience, Jewish fundamentalism was intensified by an Islamic context. Although the Muslims were antagonistic to Jews, their views on women's roles and their treatment of women influenced the attitude and practices of some Iranian Jews. life, Farideh Goldin confronts profound sadness yet captures the joys of a child's wonder as she savours the scenes and textures and scents of Jewish Iran.

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User Review  - Unwisely - Goodreads

A memoir of growing up Jewish and female in pre-revolutionary Iran. It sounds pretty terrible - constricted, sexist, girls married off before they finished high school. She manages to break free of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

This is a story of growing up in a Jewish-ghetto in Shiraz during the mid 50's in a super traditional Jewish family. Goldin describes a very hostile society against religious minorities in so much ... Read full review


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Goldin studied math and English literature at Pahlavi University in Shiraz, Iran, from 1971 to 1975. She transferred to Old Dominion University in Virginia, earning her B.A. in English literature in 1976, an M.A. in Humanities, and her graduate certificate in Women's Studies in 1995. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 2002.

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