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Hooman Majd offers a dramatic perspective on a country with global ambitions an elaborate political culture and enormous implications for world peace Drawing on privileged access to the Iranian power elite Majd argues that despite the violence of the disputed 2009 elections a group of influential ayatollahs including a liberal almost secu. While this book moves through time according to perhaps the author s whim there is a lot here that the lay reader would not have access to in any other way Hooman Majd is an Iranian American bi lingual and connected to key players in Iranian politics He de mystifies Iran and presents it in a way that enables outsiders to understand its people and leadersHis earlier book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ The Paradox of Modern Iran draws a social portrait of Iran This new book is a political portrait Majd reveals about himself than he does in the previous volume In his youth as the child of a diplomat for the Shah Judgment Day to Bumperhead the Iranian power elite Majd argues The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas that despite The Women on the Island the violence of Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques the disputed 2009 elections a group of influential ayatollahs including a liberal almost secu. While How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal this book moves Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.) through Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, time according The Witchs Coven to perhaps Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross the author s whim Great Famine there is a lot here The Color of Night that What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes & Offerings the lay reader would not have access Pulse (Frank Quinn, to in any other way Hooman Majd is an Iranian American bi lingual and connected Obsession to key players in Iranian politics He de mystifies Iran and presents it in a way The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico that enables outsiders Simply Napkins to understand its people and leadersHis earlier book The Ayatollah Begs The Unconscious Civilization to Differ The Paradox of Modern Iran draws a social portrait of Iran This new book is a political portrait Majd reveals about himself The Complete Tightwad Gazette than he does in The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years the previous volume In his youth as الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the child of a diplomat for Writing and Selling Magazine Articles the Shah

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Lar opposition still believes in the Iranian republic; for them “green” represents not a revolution but a civil rights movement pushing the country inexorably toward democracy albeit a particular brand of “Islamic democracy” With witty candid and stylishly intelligent reporting Majd himself the grandson of an esteemed ayatollah in. Perhaps in 2009 you remember cheering for the Greens hoping for global peace with the vibrant youth of Iran A deeply connected sympathetic and neutral journalist tries to document the facts which is useful for international understanding but also for history Majd naturally is Fluent in Farsi and knows some of the key individuals personally Perhaps without burning his bridges he writes with a harsh honesty in the tradition of the late Rafsanjani who believed that honest appraisal was a key attribute of islamic democracy He often includes important language lessons such as death to has never meant anythin

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Troduces top level politicians and clerics as well as ordinary people even Jewish community leaders all expressing pride for their ancient heritage and fierce independence from the West In the tradition of Jon Lee Anderson’s The Fall of Baghdad The Ayatollahs’ Democracy is a powerful dispatch from a country at a historic turning point. Not as poignant or prolific as his first book but still an interesting read on Iran s version of democracy from a very well informed and meticulously researched perspective I like that Majd has the uniue perspective of having been born in Iran raised in the US worked and lived in Iran for many years including for the former president and is still a translator for the administration He really does have a uniue point of view from which to analyze Iran s political social and economic situation

  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • Ayatollah's Democracy
  • Hooman Majd
  • English
  • 22 December 2017
  • 9780393072594

About the Author: Hooman Majd

Born in Tehran but educated in the West Hooman Majd is the author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ an Economist and Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2008 and The Ayatollahs' Democracy An Iranian Challenge as well as his most recent book The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay He lives in New York CityHooman Majd has also written for G Newsweek The New York Times The New Yorker T



10 thoughts on “Ayatollah's Democracy

  1. says:

    As in his first book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ Hooman Majd's latest effort gives Westerners a valuable look into Iranian society and politics The title The Ayatollahs' Democracy is an oxymoron that perfectly represents the many confounding Persian paradoxes that the book brings to lightHooman Majd was born in Tehran the son of a high ra

  2. says:

    While this book moves through time according to perhaps the author's whim there is a lot here that the lay reader

  3. says:

    The Ayatollahs' Democracy is a good refreshingly personal yet still analytic look on Iran Hooman Majd's book draws from a number of sources including his own past as the son of an Iranian diplomat and avoids a major pitfall of political books; dullness This is partially due to the book being written as a reporter's view i

  4. says:

    Perhaps in 2009 you remember cheering for the Greens hoping for global peace with the vibrant youth of Iran A deeply connected sympathetic and neutral journalist tries to document the facts which is useful for international understanding but also for history Majd naturally is Fluent in Farsi and knows some of the key individuals personally Perhaps without burning his bridges he writes with a harsh honesty in the tradition of the late Rafsa

  5. says:

    I was excited for Majd's second book as I found his first The Ayatollah Begs To Differ incredibly insightful and informative While The Ayatollah's Democracy does offer glimpses into the Persian psyche that would otherwise be hidden from Westerns I was somewhat disappointed in this book The first half of the book is uite chaotic jumping from various settings before and after the controversial Iranian election of 2009 and then from topic to t

  6. says:

    Undoubtedly an excellent study of the currents of Iranian politics as they came to a head in 2009 I'm a little skeptical of Majd's insistence that ta'arouf explains much of the misunderstanding between the Islamic Republic and the United States but the point is interesting all the same The author's principal reliance on his cousin Khatami

  7. says:

    I read this in company with Kenneth Pollack's Persian Puzzle and Elaine Sciolino's Persian Mirrors The book gave me interesting insights into how reformist and conservative politicians navigate the tricky terrain of the Islamic Republic and how everyday people are forced to deal with the difficulties of an everchanging s

  8. says:

    Not as poignant or prolific as his first book but still an interesting read on Iran's version of democracy from a very well informed a

  9. says:

    So poorly written obviously it's just a bunch of writing haphazardly thrown together as no doubt you'll find in the first chapters

  10. says:

    Fairly interesting ruminations on the current state of Iranian politics Majd is obsessed with the alleged unpopularity of president Ahmadinejad which seems confined to his own elite set and is otherwise engrossed in interviews he's had with various opinion leaders on subjects ranging from the controversial 2009 election to Jews in Iran

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