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  • The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Hooman Majd
    • Narrated By Hooman Majd
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    The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat, journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran's complex and misunderstood culture to Western listeners. The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look at a paradoxical country that is both deeply religious and highly cosmopolitan, authoritarian yet informed by a history of democratic and reformist traditions.

    Ryan says: "An informative tour, with some biases"
    "Not to be missed. Many thanks Hooman!"
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    If you are looking for a dedicated analysis of Iranian domestic, foreign and economic policy, you should look elsewhere as there are no shortage of such books to be had. But if you are looking to understand how such policies are felt and lived from various viewpoints on the ground in Iranian society, then this unique work is the book you have been looking for. Hooman Majd captures everyday life in Iran with an eye for detail, irony and empathy. Full of wit and humour, Majd’s book is both unfailingly entertaining and genuinely challenging. It invites the reader to think about the paradoxical nature of Iranian life in new ways and in ways that will enrich the thinking of anyone with a burgeoning interest in the complexities of Iranian society and politics. Whether Hooman Majd is chatting with a female cab driver in Tehran, indulging with the middle class at an alcohol infused party, or discussing his Motorola telephone with an admiring revolutionary guard, you will discover a side of Iran that is nuanced, fascinating and altogether human. Make no mistake, this is a book about politics in Iran but not in the way that such books are usually articulated, and it is not to be missed. Many thanks Hooman!

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