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Het huis van de moskee by Kader Abdolah
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Oct 06, 11

bookshelves: dutch-language-novel
Read in August, 2011

Does not seem to have been translated into English yet.

Abdolah is an Iranian who came to live in NL after Khomeini's revolution. After some years he managed to master Dutch and be able to write novels in it.

This book he wrote to allow outsiders [Westerners] a look into ilfe in Iran. It's sort of a family saga, relating all the adventures of an extended family ruled [mostly wisely] by the family patriarch, also head of the bazaar. Abdolah lets us in on wedding celebrations, services and sermons at the mosque, arranged marriage, marital infidelity, rebelling young people. But we also see the changes from the 1950s to the 1980s, life under the Shah and how the imams in Qom helped Khomeini come to power, how the texture of imams' teachings in the mosque changed to a hard politicized haranguing.

A delightful way to get some recent history of Iran and to see Iranians as people just like you and me.
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