Daughter Of Persia by Sattareh Farman Farmaian
A Woman's Journey From Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution

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An intimate and honest chronicle of the everyday life of Iranian women over the past century

“A lesson about the value of personal freedom and what happens to a nation when its people are denied the right to direct their own destiny. This is a book Americans should read.” —Washington Post

The fifteenth of thirty-six children, Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran in 1921 to a wealthy and powerful shazdeh, or prince, and spent a happy childhood in her father’s Tehran harem. Inspired and empowered by his ardent belief in education, she defied tradition by traveling alone at the age of twenty-three to the United States to study at the University of Southern California. Ten years later, she returned to Tehran and founded the first school of social work in Iran.

Intertwined with Sattareh’s personal story is her unique perspective on the Iranian political and social upheaval that have rocked Iran throughout the twentieth century, from the 1953 American-backed coup that toppled democratic premier Mossadegh to the brutal regime of the Shah and Ayatollah Khomeini’s fanatic and anti-Western Islamic Republic. In 1979, after two decades of tirelessly serving Iran’s neediest, Sattareh was arrested as a counterrevolutionary and branded an imperialist by Ayatollah Khomeini’s radical students.

Daughter of Persia is the remarkable story of a woman and a nation in the grip of profound change.


About Sattareh Farman Farmaian

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Sattareh Farman Farmaian immigrated to the United States in 1979. She lives in Los Angeles. Dona Munker is a writer, editor, and teacher. She lives in New York.
Published January 1, 1992 by BANTAM PRESS. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Returning to Iran in 1954, she began, with the Shah's approval, her school of social work, all the while condemning the US government for supporting the Shah, whose corruption she especially denounces here with her own particular form of snobbery: the Shah, she says, made people rich ``whose fath...

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As founder in 1958 of the Tehranok/per book School of Social Work, Sattareh naively believed, ``If one only avoided politics, one could achieve something constructive.'' After two decades of humanitarian efforts in Iranian family planning, day care, vocational programs and aid to the poor and pri...

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In 1979, when the Ayatollah was brought out of exile and the country roused to hysterical religious fervor, Sattareh was arrested by her own students, held for questioning and released on condition that she leave the country.

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