From the acclaimed writer, director, and star of the hit documentary The Muslims are Coming! comes a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism.
Negin Farsad is an Iranian-American-Muslim female stand-up comedian who believes she can change the world through jokes. And yes, sometimes that includes fart jokes. In this candid and uproarious book, Farsad shares her personal experiences growing up as the "other" in an American culture that has no time for nuance. In fact, she longed to be black and/or Mexican at various points of her youth, you know, like normal kids. Right? RIGHT?
Writing bluntly and hilariously about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long hard look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of "black," "white," and "Muslim" today-and what it means when white culture defines the culture. Farsad asks the important questions like, What does it mean to have a hyphenated identity? How can we actually combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion? Do Iranians get bunions at a higher rate than other ethnic groups? (She's asking for a friend.)
HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH tackles these questions with wit, humor, and incisive intellect. And along the way, you might just learn a thing or two about tetherball, Duck Dynasty, and wine slushies.
Oscar nominee and Emmy Awardâwinning actress Shohreh Aghdashloo shares her remarkable personal journeyâfrom a childhood in the Shahâs Iran to the red carpets of Hollywoodâin The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines, a dazzling memoir of family, faith, and hope. Â When Shohreh Aghdashloo was growing up in Teheran, stardom was a distant dream, especially since her parents had more practical plans for their daughterâ¦ Â When revolution swept Iran in 1978, the Ayatollah Khomeiniâs religious regime brought stifling restrictions on women and art. Shohreh Aghdashloo seized the moment and boldly left her husband for Europe and eventually, America, a vastly different culture. Â Shohreh Aghdashloo writes poignantly about her struggles as an outsider in a new cultureâas a woman, a Muslim, and a Persianâadapting to a new land and a new language, and shares behind-the-scenes stories about what itâs really like to be an actress in Hollywood.
The Alley of Love and Yellow Jasmines includes original color photographs from the author.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The following is a list of Iranian actors in alphabetical order. Hasan Abbasi (1966-), Akbar Abdi (1958-), Jahangir Almasi (1955-), Aref (1940- ), Dariush Arjmand (1944-), Arman (1923â1980), Farhad Aslani (1966-), Aziz Asli (1936-), Nozar Azadi (1938-).
This book shows how the co-functioning of the social, moral, psychological, and aesthetic elements in Ibsen's work created the pattern by which Iranian contemporary drama has been strongly influenced. For Iranian artists in the last century, Ibsen's plays were suitable enough to express their diverse outlooks ranging from Marxism to Gnosticism. This process was intense and difficult due to the fluctuating social conditions during the last one hundred years. The author also addresses the difficulties of staging Ibsen's plays - with their sociological approach - in Iran, due to lack of freedom of expression and ethical concerns.
Persian passion play or ta'ziya depicts the role of the Prophet's granddaughter Zeynab during the tragic death of the third Shiite Imam Hoseyn in Karbala in 680. This book depicts how Zeynab has become a role model in modern Iranian society, especially during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War.
A hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris.
When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing âthe outfit,â fielded questions about rising gas prices, and got called an Fâin Eye-ranian for being involved in the Iran hostage crisis even though he was only eight years old at the timeâin fact, these things happened so often that he began to wonder: Could I be a terrorist without even knowing it?
Having emigrated with his family to the US during the Iranian Revolution, Maz spent most of his youth desperately trying to fit in with his adopted cultureâwhether that meant learning to play baseball or religiously watching Dallas with his female relatives. But none of his attempts at assimilation made a difference to casting directors, who only auditioned him for the role of kebab-eating, bomb-toting, extremist psychopath.
In this laugh-out-loud memoir, Maz shares his struggle to build an acting career in post-9/11 Hollywoodâfrom playing a terrorist on 24 to playing a terrorist opposite Chuck Norris to his mother asking, âVhy you alvays terrorist?!â (Followed by, âVhy you couldnât be doctor?!â) But finally, through patience, determination, and only the occasional unequivocal compromising of his principles, he found a path to stardom. And he also learned the proper way to die like a bad guy on TV.
Caught between the Ottoman Empire to the west, the Russian sphere of influence in the north, and the British colonial territories in India and the Middle East, Iran at the end of the nineteenth century was a hotly contested strategic battleground. The ruling Qajar Dynasty was led by a young and inexperienced king, and the British were busy extending their reach through unbalanced treaties and resource concessions. Meanwhile, powerful tribal leaders like Sheikh Khazâal sought to retain their traditional positions and block efforts to unite the country under a strong central government. With the discovery of oil and Britainâs need to fuel her war machine in World War I, increased attention on Iran demanded a modernization of her policies and government. Reza Khan, an otherwise unknown soldier, united the armed forces and swept to power, bringing with him the unity and structure needed to take Iran into the emerging modern world. After disposing of the former rulers, he became the new shah, and fought to rebuild his country after centuries of abuse and manipulation by foreign powers. What was at stake was the autonomy of Iranâs lifeline, Iranâs âGolden Stateâ, Khuzestan province, a province with abundant, rich oil and gas reservoirs, natural resources with a strategic importance to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. The full sovereignty (by others) could have exponentially undermined Iranâs position and role on the world stage, both politically and economically, and, even more so, in the turbulent Middle East of today. Events of the time period of this book are very pertinent to the current geopolitical conversation, struggles and developments in the region. This is the story of the dynamic power play for dominance, robust diplomacy, and political rivalries between colonial powers, powerful tribes, and government actors in the Iranian southwest theater. The emergence of a powerful regime in Iran and the superpowersâ radical shifts in foreign policy and in the regional engagements in the post World War I, significantly contributed to averting this geopolitical crisis of a historic proportion. It is an extensively researched and definitive history of Iran at the turn of the twentieth century that is required reading for anyone seeking to understand the history of colonialism, oil exploration, and the ongoing political tensions of the Middle East.
As the Administration and Congress move forward to pursue engagement, harsher sanctions, or both, regional actors are evaluating their policies and priorities with respect to Iran. Iranâs neighbors share many U.S. concerns, but often evaluate them differently than the United States when calculating their own relationship with or policy toward Iran. Because Iran and other regional concernsâthe Arab-Israeli peace process, stability in Lebanon and Iraq, terrorism, and the ongoing war in Afghanistanâhave become increasingly intertwined, understanding the policies and perspectives of Iranâs neighbors could be crucial during the consideration of options to address overall U.S. policy toward Iran.
Iranâs neighbors seek to understand and influence changes in the following areas:
â¢ Iranâs regional influence, â¢ Iranâs nuclear program, â¢ Iranâs role as an energy producer, â¢ and Iranâs support for terrorism and non-state actors.
Although the Obama Administration may share many goals of the previous administration on Iran, it also sees the need for new strategies and approaches. The Obama Administration has advocated a policy of engagement with Iran to determine the nature of its nuclear program and address other subjects of international concern. While post-election turmoil in Iran delayed these efforts temporarily, it appears that the Administration is committed to pursue engagement through the P5+1 framework. At the same time, some Members of Congress have called for increased sanctions on Iran.
The United States, Israel, and the EU proposed the end of 2009 as a deadline for Iran to demonstrate its willingness to cooperate on the nuclear issue. That deadline has lapsed with no visible progress toward a resolution and the Administration is now working with its P5+1 partners to determine a course of action for 2010. Regardless of how they decide to proceed, any actions on the part of the Obama Administration, Congress, or the international community, and any developments in or provocations by Iran, will have implications for U.S. interests in the region as Iranâs neighbors react and reevaluate their policies accordingly.
This report provides a description of Iranâs neighborsâ policies and interests, options for Congressional consideration, and an analysis of potential regional implications. For more information on Iran and regional perspectives, see CRS Report RL32048, Iran: U.S. Concerns and Policy Responses, by Kenneth Katzman; CRS Report RL33476, Israel: Background and Relations with the United States, by Carol Migdalovitz; CRS Report RS20871, Iran Sanctions, by Kenneth Katzman; CRS Report RL33533, Saudi Arabia: Background and U.S. Relations, by Christopher M. Blanchard; CRS Report RS22323, Iran's Activities and Influence in Iraq, by Kenneth Katzman; and CRS Report R40653, Iranâs 2009 Presidential Elections, by Casey L. Addis.
Strategic Intelligence Management introduces both academic researchers and law enforcement professionals to contemporary issues of national security and information management and analysis. This contributed volume draws on state-of-the-art expertise from academics and law enforcement practitioners across the globe. The chapter authors provide background, analysis, and insight on specific topics and case studies. Strategic Intelligent Management explores the technological and social aspects of managing information for contemporary national security imperatives.
Academic researchers and graduate students in computer science, information studies, social science, law, terrorism studies, and politics, as well as professionals in the police, law enforcement, security agencies, and government policy organizations will welcome this authoritative and wide-ranging discussion of emerging threats.
Hot topics like cyber terrorism, Big Data, and Somali pirates, addressed in terms the layperson can understand, with solid research grounding
Fills a gap in existing literature on intelligence, technology, and national security
Gulf Kaleidoscope: Reflections on the Iranian Challenge analyzes potential U.S. strategies toward Iran and how different international actors are likely to respond to the U.S. pursuit of those strategies. Succinct chapters describe three principal approaches toward Iran: engagement, containment, and deterrence. The volume then goes on to analyze how key partiesâIsrael, Iranâs Gulf Arab neighbors, and the rising powers of Turkey, China, India, and Russia, as well as the Iranians themselvesâwould likely respond to each strategy. As Zbigniew Brzezinski remarks in his foreword, the authors âmake a truly original contribution by assessing how different U.S. strategies toward Iran can affect the calculations of a range of international actors.â
It is clear that virtually any U.S. strategy contains elements of engagement, containment, and deterrence. The goal of this volume is to dig deeper into how those strategies work and to highlight the subtle interrelationships between the actions and reactions of key parties. Each countryâs actions affects the others, and each country has its own assessment of what an acceptable outcome would be and what it is willing to do to accomplish it. Importantly, each country is also interested in understanding the second- and third-order effects of its actions. How much do countries worry about an ascendant United States? How much do they worry about an unfettered Iran? The answers differ, and the actions each country is willing to take differ accordingly. Iran has been a central concern of U.S. strategy for more than three decades, and it is hard to foresee a time in the coming decade in which it will cease to be. This collection of essays is intended to help enrich thinking now and in the years to come.