By Nazila Fathi

ISBN-10: 0465040926

ISBN-13: 9780465040926

As a nine-year-old Tehrani schoolgirl in the course of the Iranian Revolution, Nazila Fathi watched her nation switch ahead of her eyes. The revolutionaries—most of them terrible, uneducated, and radicalized—seized jobs, housing, and positions of strength, reworking Iranian society essentially in a single day. yet this socioeconomic revolution had an accidental impression. As Fathi indicates, the forces unleashed in 1979 inadvertently created a powerful Iranian heart type, one who this present day hungers for extra own freedoms and a renewed dating with the skin global. And except a world war of words permits Iranian leaders to justify an inner crackdown, this inner strain for reform will quickly set the rustic on a extra strong track.

In The Lonely War, Fathi describes Iran's awakening along her personal, revealing how moderates are retaking the country—and how overseas powers can reduction their development.

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For me, the sound had become synonymous with the disruption of the world around us. People were flooding the streets of our hometown, Tehran, and staging rallies against the king, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, demanding that he step down. Our parents had told us that the demonstrations were so large that Pahlavi—whom everyone referred to by his Persian title, shah—had brought out the army, with tanks and machine guns, to confront the protestors. The soldiers had opened fire, killing scores of people. The demonstrators reappeared, dressed in white, the color of shrouds in Iran, to symbolize their readiness to die.

The British and Americans overthrew Mossadeq’s government on August 19, 1953, after tens of thousands of paid mobs, officers, and former Mossadeq allies took over the streets. But over the years, the coup became the main source of Iranians’ resentment toward the United States—a sense of betrayal that has lasted until this day. Many people believed the US government had interrupted the course of Iran’s 44 The Lonely War democratic development. Democracy had been born at the time of the Constitutional Revolution, and it survived amidst external and internal threats, even under the reign of Reza Shah.

Rows of men knelt on the ground during the sermons, while women sat in the back, separated by a curtain. This complete segregation was actually liberating to thousands of traditional women like Nessa, who had been reluctant to participate in public events because it would require them to mingle with men, something that was traditionally forbidden. Now they began flooding the campus every Friday, knowing that they would not even have to see the male cleric or the men in the audience. “It’s fun,” Nessa explained to my mother every week.

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