Daughter of Persia: A Woman’s Journey From Her Father’s Harem Through the Islamic Revolution pdf free download – Book reviews


Author(s): Sattareh Farman FarmaianDownload  


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 PostThe 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.

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Gözde Uysal

Gözde Uysal rated it      

A great source of information on the Iranian history. But more importantly, this women has spent some of her life as loyalty, some of it as low-income class, some of it as self-built respected business-woman, and some of it as exiled. There are so many different angles and so many perspectives in the historical events, it is beyond reading the facts and events of history, it is much more personal, much more human than it. It is a remarkably inspiring autobiography. We all have something to learn from Khanom.


Dona rated it      

A very interesting look at growing up in Iran {Persia} before the embassy hostage crisis. The author tells about her life growing up with multiple Mothers and lots of sister’s & brothers. How her father instilled in them to always do better, learn all you can, help those you can help and be kind. She push for more education abroad and came back to Iran to form a Social Worker school to better the society. She gave her heart & soul to this project only to have to flee for her life along with many of her relatives. The book was published in 1992, so we don’t know her thoughts of present events.


Laurie rated it     

This beautifully written book reminded me of the late 70s and 80s, when I had Iranian students in California universities (UCI and USC) who could not go back to their country after the Islamic Revolution. Farman Farmaian gives us the full history of Iran, going back to the beginning of the 20th century, and shows how Reza Shah’s regime and that of his son affected day to day life. After she studied in the U.S. and worked in Iraq, she founded a school of social work in Iran that lasted for twenty years until the mullahs labelled her an Imperialist and CIA stooge. Heartbroken, she went into exile but left us with this harrowing account.

Bonnie Gleckler Clark

Bonnie Gleckler Clark rated it     

It’s now 3:24 p.m. Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, and I’ve finish my reading of this book…I actually started reading this book Mid-December 2014 (as assignment for our 2015 book club). I must admit it was must difficult for me to “get into” this book. I found the first half (or so) of the book to be too bogged down in Sattareh’s early years, her life in her father (Shezdah) harem, and her decision to come to America for her formal education. I became much more interested and involved in what I was reading as Satti flies to New York and begins her attempts to return to Iran. Much of what she tells us of her life at that point and of her Twenty plus years having returned to Iran, her efforts of establishing the “School of Social WorK” and her directorship and running/teaching at this school intrigued me much more.

I found this book most difficult to continue reading (though not my habit, I almost abandened it several time) I plugged on. Im now glad I did stick with it. I remember the events of the late 1970’s, of President Carter and the U.S. Government’s support of the SHAH and the eventual demise of the Iranian government under the SHAH’s leadership (and greed). I have horrific memories of watching events unfold on television of the Ayatollah Khomeini’s intrusion and (in my opinion) the set-back in the social and economical down-fall of Tahran’s demise.

Having said all the above, I did find the book most informative, well organized and written, and though I will not recommend it, and most likely will not keep it on my book shelf, I must give it 4 stars,


Patti rated it     

This is a lovely book written by a woman from Iran who grew up during times of great change in her country. She saw the Shah implement modernization – one thing he decreed was that women should not wear the veil in public, they should be modern like Jackie Kennedy. It was interesting as a westerner and a feminist to see how this decree caused great anxiety among the women of the household.

Ms. Farman Farmaian was the first woman from Iran to come to the United States to study. She majored in Sociology and went back to Iran to open a department of social services – the first of it’s kind in her country.

Changes continue, and she witnesses the ousting of the Shah and the beginnings of Islamic rule under the Ayatollah Khomeini.

This book may read slowly for some, but I was fascinated by every page. It opened up an unknown world in a first hand and personal way. Gone are the hollywood fantasies of what a harem is, gone is the extreme exoticism of the Persian world. Instead there is an understanding of a gentle and honorable way of life that existed for many hundreds of years.


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