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The Power of Iranian Narratives : A Thousand Years of Healing - Laleh Shahideh

The Power of Iranian Narratives

A Thousand Years of Healing

Paperback Published: 28th January 2004
ISBN: 9780761827467
Number Of Pages: 164

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This book examines how, through the mediation of past history and current cultural and professional experience, selected Iranian professionals who came to the United States after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, created new identities and possibilities for the future. The stories and experiences of these individuals speak of elements that have contributed to Iranians' view of themselves and their relationship with one another. The study touches upon the conflict between Iranians' national/cultural and religious identities and explains how individuals' understanding of power and capacity to act is interrelated with the sequences, continuity, and preservation of historical events. Furthermore, it describes how, through interpretation and re-interpretation of narratives, individuals and communities can reflect upon their understanding and ownership of power and make changes that reconnect and empower them in the future. The power of narrative is a medium to initiate a long overdue dialogue amongst Iranians that could help heal the history of a thousand years.

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Shahideh's compelling account gives readers the freedom to move beyond one's own story, someone else's story, or simply a philosophical rendition of the power of narrative and imagination unto a narrative that opens a world in front of the text.--Sir Read Alot Book Review

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Immigrants and "Double Identity": The Dilemma of Belongingp. 11
Iran and Beyondp. 21
Review Of Literaturep. 33
Zoroastrians and Muslims: Torn Between Faithsp. 65
Unfolding the Historical Eventsp. 95
Forbiddenp. 121
Research Participantsp. 122
Questions and Important Notes for Future Studiesp. 123
Bibliographyp. 135
Indexp. 141
About the Authorp. 151
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ISBN: 9780761827467
ISBN-10: 0761827463
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 28th January 2004
Publisher: UNIV PR OF AMER
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.27