RAF'S RECOMMENDED READING ON IRAN
Not quite two weeks ago I requested some advice on books to give a good grounding on Iran, its society and politics. Raf,
a compatriot of Collounsbury
and a contributor to the MENA group blog 'Aqoul
was gracious enough to put together a short bibliography for Zenpundit
readers that includes a nice mix of Westerners and native speakers. I'll be picking up a few of these myself in the near future.
Without further ado - Raf's Recommendations:
1. Modern Iran: Roots and Results of Revolution
by Nikki Keddie
This one was Raf's "absolute must read first" selection.
2. The Mantle of the Prophet
by Roy Mottahedeh
Focus on Shiite Islam
3. In the Rose Garden of theMartyrs : A Memoir of Iran
- Christopher de Bellaigue
4. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir inBooks
by Azar Nafisi
Already a best-seller and known to a general audience.
5. We Are Iran : The Persian Blogs
by Nasrin Alavi
Once again, thank you Raf ! Please be sure to visit him at 'Aqoul
or his home blog, raf* bey...the levantese