Medea Benjamin’s book on Iran

Screen_Shot_2018-01-22_at_4.13.38_PM.pngCheck out Medea Benjamin’s latest book Inside Iran: The Real History of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Get your copy here!

In 1979, the Iranian Revolution brought a Shia theocracy to the 80 million inhabitants of the Middle East’s second largest country. In the decades since, bitter relations have persisted between the U.S. and Iran. Yet how is it that Iran has become the primary target of American antagonism, when Saudi Arabia, a regime that is even more repressive, remains one of America’s closest allies? In the first general-audience book on the subject, Medea Benjamin elucidates the mystery behind this complex relationship, recounting Iran’s history from the pre-colonial period, through the CIA-engineered coup that overthrew the country’s democratic leadership in 1953, to its emergence as the one nation Democrats and Republicans alike regularly unite in denouncing. Benjamin draws upon her firsthand experiences with Iranian politicians, activists, and everyday citizens to provide a deeper understanding of the complexities of Iranian society and the nation’s role in the region. Tackling the contradictions in Iran’s system of government, its religiosity, and its citizens’ way of life, Inside Iran makes short work of the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding U.S.-Iranian relations, and presents a realistic and hopeful case for the two nations’ future.

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  • Maneck Bhujwala
    commented 2020-01-07 14:08:21 -0500
    As a Zarathushti (Zoroastrian) whose ancestors migrated to India to escape religious persecution in their homeland after the Arab Muslim invasion of Iran in seventh century C.E., and who still have cultural sites in Iran, I have sent emails to California Senators Feinstein and Harris and to president Trump reminding them that destroying cultural sites is a war crime, and it would be going down to the level of the fanatical Musllms of Taliban and ISIS who destroyed such sites in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The religion of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroaster as known by Greek philosophers like Plato and Socrates who studied his philosophy and teachings) started in Eastern Iran over 5000 years ago, and became prominent during three Persian empires (from sixth century B.C. to seventh century C.E.).

    Alexander (who is known as The Accursed by Iranians) set fire to the palatial complex at Persepolis but the ruins still stand and is one of the cultural heritage sites in Iran, and Greek generals ruled for about 200 years, but Iranians overthrew Greek rule and re-established secular rule with the religion of Zarathushtra being the faith of the rulers and majority citizens by choice.

    Being involved in interfaith organizations to educate people about different religions and promoting mutual respect for all religions (which have common basic principles like truth, contentment, justice, compassion, charity, honesty, humility as taught by their founders) I strongly urge all readers to communicate their protest against attacks on religious/cultural sites, to their Congressmen, Senators, and the president.