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Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman

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Farideh Goldin was born to her 15-year-old mother in 1953 and into a Jewish community living in an increasingly hostile Isalmic state - pre-revolutionary Iran. This memoir recounts Goldin's childhood in a poor Jewish household in Shiraz, a southern Iranian city, and her emigration to the United States in 1975. celebrations like weddings, Goldin chronicles her childhood, he ...more
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by University Press of New England (first published 2003)
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Afsaneh Hojabri
It is a story of growing up (as a Jewish woman) in a Jewish-ghetto in Shiraz during the 50s, 60s and 70s in a super traditional family and in an utterly anti-Semitic society. It is almost a book of doom and gloom as Golden describes the most backward practices and attitudes, especially towards woman both in her family and within the society. Her depiction of an almost exclusively hostile society towards religious minorities likewise suffers exaggeration. While I do sympathize with Golden at many ...more
This is a story of growing up in a Jewish-ghetto in Shiraz during the mid 50's in a super traditional Jewish family.
Goldin describes a very hostile society against religious minorities in so much exaggeration during Shah's reign, which is not comparable with the hostile way of Islamic Republic society against religious minorities.
Far from an uplifting story, but the author's ability to overcome is inspiring.
Karen Bograd
Interesting story about life as a Jewish Iranian. Full of the typical male dominated, female not worth anything lines. Which I know is the story about life at that time, but is depressing and so sad that so many girls had to suffer through their lives. Being given away as brides (before their first period), their test to see if they made a good bride was to pluck chickens, clean and wash, and serve food. They had no real say so in what they did, who they saw, etc. Unfortunately, many girls still ...more
A memoir of growing up Jewish and female in pre-revolutionary Iran. It sounds pretty terrible - constricted, sexist, girls married off before they finished high school. She manages to break free of the chains of history and family and get out, which seems prescient given what we now know.

It's possibly not a universal experience, but I sure wouldn't want to try it to see if I could do better.

This book was just awesome, perhaps more for personal reasons. I was born in the same city that this writer was and her memories did ring a bell, although I was raised in the dominant Islamic culture, and for that reason too it was fun to read about the then mysterious lives of Jews who lives in our city. I enjoyed reading it more than anything I've read in recent years, although there were some minor inaccuracies here and there (Khomeini's birth place is not Qum, etc.) The hardships of Farideh' ...more
Susie Krause
Reading this book made me very happy to be a woman in the USA! This author is my age and it was amazing how different our childhoods were. Women in America have no idea how lucky we are and ignorant of the how the women in other countries are still to this day treated. A must read for ALL women to learn or be reminded of how far we've come to equality and how far we still have to go.
This book really complicated my understanding of ethnicity, religion, and politics in the Middle East. By sharing her personal and painful experiences with sexism and Antisemitism in Iran, Goldin made me question some of my preconceived notions of the role politics and religion figured in Iran during this time.
Faridah's depiction of her life is poetic, tragic, and triumphant all at the same time. A rare glimpse into the lives of Iranian Jews.
Another amazing book about women's issues in the Middle East
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Farideh Goldin is the author of Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman. Farideh was born in 1953 in Shiraz, Iran, to a family of dayanim, judges and leaders of the Jewish community. Farideh's family moved out of the mahaleh, the Jewish ghetto, to a Moslem neighborhood when she was eight years old. There, she experienced both friendship and anti-Semitism. Later, attending an American-styl ...more
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