Tehran Blues: How Iranian Youth Rebelled Against Iran's Founding Fathers

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Saqi, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 349 pages
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More than two decades after their parents rose up against the excesses of the Shah, increasing numbers of young Iranians are risking jail for things their counterparts in the West take for granted: wearing makeup, slow dancing at parties, holding hands with members of the opposite sex. Arrests of youngsters oftentimes take place at parties raided by hardline religious paramilitaries of roughly their own age, brandishing AK-47s. And every day anxious parents queue at the courthouse to bail out their children, who - in furious defiance of Ayatollah Khomeini's brand of sombre religiosity - have been detained for 'moral crimes'. Kaveh Basmenji, who spent his own youth amidst the turbulence of the Islamic Revolution, argues that Iran's youth are in near-open revolt for want of greater personal freedom. Yet not long ago it was young Iranians who occupied the American embassy, or who vied for martyrdom during the disastrous Iran-Iraq War.

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Kaveh Basmenji has worked for Reuters and the Middle East Times, among others.

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