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Daughter Of Persia

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Sattareh Farman Farmaian, the daughter of a once-powerful and wealthy Iranian prince, was raised and educated in the 1920s and 1930s in a Persian harem compound, along with numerous mothers and more than 30 brothers and sisters. As a young woman, she broke with Muslim tradition and travelled to America, where she became the first Persian to study at the University of South ...more
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Published February 11th 1993 by Corgi (first published 1992)
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Leslie yes.it really gives you a personal glimpse into an "innocent bystander's" life during a tumultuous time.When change is going all around them and there…moreyes.it really gives you a personal glimpse into an "innocent bystander's" life during a tumultuous time.When change is going all around them and there is nothing to do but have an experience because there is nothing she could have done.Maybe her being a woman in that country at that time had something to do with that fact.It is not propaganda;just an experience.(less)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Daughter of Persia, Sattareh Farman Farmaian
Sattāreh Farmānfarmā'iān (December 23, 1921 – May 23, 2012), also Sattareh Farman-Farmaian, was one of the daughters of Persian nobleman Abdol Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma of the Qajar dynasty. Tells a fascinating tale of growing up in the 1930s in a Persian harem compound in Tehran. Breaking with Muslim tradition, she became an independent woman and found herself arrested as a counterrevolutionary. A dramtic window on Iran's journey through the twentieth
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رؤیا
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: بیوگرافی
دختر ایران خاطرات ستاره فرمانفرماییان پانزدهمین فرزند از سی و شش فرزند شاه زاده عبدالحسین میرزای فرمانفرما با زن سومش معصومه میباشد. دختری از خاندان قاجار با زندگی پرفراز و نشیب در سه دوره از حکومتهای بلاتشبیه در ایران, قاجاریه, پهلوی و جمهوری اسلامی با لقب مادر مددکار اجتماعی و بنیانگذار اولین مدرسه به همین نام در ایران. کتابی روان و پرماجرا که خواننده را با خود به دنیای یک خانواده اشرافی و زندگی خصوصی و حرفه ای دختری با آرزوهای بزرگ و روحیه ای سنت شکن و استقامتی قابل تقدیر میکشاند. کتاب با همر ...more
FeReSHte
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to FeReSHte by: Jennifer Jacobs
کتاب خیلی خیلی خیلی خوبیه و برای همه علاقمندان به خوندن اتوبیوگرافی ها و یا تاریخ معاصر ایران یه انتخاب عالی می تونه باشه
عبدالحسین میرزا فرمانفرما که خودش صرفنظر از پست های ریز و درشتی که تو دوره قاجار عهده دار بود صدراعظم ایران در زمان احمد شاه بود که از نزدیک به هفت ازدواج خودش صاحب 24 پسر و 12 دختر شد .از این بین تعداد زیادیشون مدارج بالای تحصیلی رو طی و نقش های مهمی رو در ایران ایفا کردند

مریم فیروز موسس سازمان زنان حزب توده، فیروز میرزا نصرت الدوله وزیر رضا شاه، منوچهر مدیر فروش شرکت ملی ن
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Aubrey
“You know that isn’t right,” I screamed. “If you and your men are God-fearing and religious, you have to help the weak, regardless of what those poor women do for a living! You’re supposed to protect people in danger, no matter who the government is!”
Tomorrow begins the first batch of the classes that need finishing before I return to UCLA. Thus far, only one has made its required reading explicit, and with a title such as 46A British Writers: Medieval to Renaissance, it is obvious which physi
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Naele
به نظرم هیچ کتابی از دودمان پهلوی و قاجار ارزش خواندن ندارند. هر کدام با پول های به ارث رسیده از پدربزرگانشان که مملکت را چاپیده اند به تحصیلات و زندگی های خواستنی رسیده اند و بعد هم یک کتاب خاطره نویسی تنگش زده اند که از خود و عقاید خود (که هیچ و پوچ است و صرفا احساسات شخصی)و املاک اعیانی که نصف مملکت را به نام خود زده بودند و حق خود می دانند دفاع کنند. مابقی هم اراجیف و خاله زنکی های سلطنتی و درباری.
ZaRi
درحقیقت هرگز به خاطرم خطور نکرده بود که افکاربالای شازده فقط تا آنجا پیش می رفت که زنان تا این حد قادرند تحصیل کنند که بتوانند زنها ومادران خوبی باشند......دیدگاه او درمورد زن هیچ فرقی بادیدگاه یک ایرانی آن دوران نداشت.
MaSuMeH

یکبار در وبلاگی این جمله از این کتاب را خواندم :((افسوس زندگي گذشته رانمي خورم. اگر دوباره جوان شوم همين راه را خواهم پيمود. من نمي خواستم در اندروني باقي بمانم، حتي اگر كسي به هر پنج انگشت دست من يك انگشتري الماس مي كردند))و من از همان زمان دلم می خواست از این زن بیشتر بدانم و امروز چقدر خوشحالم از خواندن داستان زندگی ستاره. زنی که نماد مدرنیته و انسانیت شد برایم و حتی نفرت قدیمی ام از شازده ها را کمی تعدیل کرد. لحن نوشتاری داستان ساده و صمیمی بودو تو ستاره را نه مادر مددکاری ایران که یک دوست د
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Maryam
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian
جزو کتابهایی بود که دوستش داشتم، خیلی وقت پیش خوندمش اما دید منصفانه و خوبی از حوادث اوائل انقلاب داشت و روایتی دلنشین داشت. همراهش زندگی می کردی. ...more
Ann
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learned a LOT about the culture and 20th century history of Iran. This book clarified my formerly vague understanding of how the CIA's meddling in Iran contributed to our current dismal non-relationship. Sattareh Farman Farmaian is an amazing woman! Born into a (pre-Reza Pahlavi) aristocratic family, she comes to the U.S. for college and then decides to establish the field of social work in her own country, which she does almost single-handedly. Her family's extensive connections help her to b ...more
Jennifer Jacobs
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book!
No other words can describe the book other than those!It's a very beautifully written book by a lady from a very high ranking family of Iran!What makes this book so special is how the book describes life in Iran during 3 time periods,before 1979 under Shah,the chaos during 1979 and life after 1979!The chapter about how she met Ayatollah Khomeini's men was especially harrowing!And I luved that part of the book the most:)
The author is from a very well known family of Iran,her fath
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r
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب زندگی نامه ستاره فرمانفرماییان است که با همکاری خانوم دانا مانکرا در امریکا نوشته شده .ستاره فرمانفرماییان یکی از شاهزاده های قاجار بود .دختری از اندرون خانه فرمانفرماییان بزرگ یکی از با نفوذترین شاهزادگان قاجار .ستاره در این کتاب از بدو تولد خود تا رفتن به مدرسه //تحصیل در خارج از کشور همراه با تحولات سیاسی اجتماعی اواخر دوره قاجار واوایل دوره پهلوی صحبت کرده بعدها در زمان پهلوی دوم او به ایران بازگشت وبرای اولین بار موسسه مدد کاری اجتماعی را در زمان محمد رضا وبا همکاری فرح پهلوی ایجاد ...more
Maryam Shahriari
اين كتاب رو دوست داشتم چون خاطرات دختر فرمانفرماييان بود. آخه خيلي ها پدر من رو حاجي فرمانفرما صدا مي كنن. محل كار پدرم و همين طور خونه ي ما در محدوده اي هست كه در زمان رضا شاه خونه ي فرمانفرما بوده...
ستاره توي اين كتاب بيشتر به شرح حوادث سياسي اون زمان پرداخته.
Wsm
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a fabulous book.It is the story of one woman but is also a journey through Iranian history ,from the Qajar and Pehalvi dynasties to the 1979 revolution.Sattareh Farman Farmaian tells the story of her life growing up in her father's harem and all the adversity that befell him following the fall of the Qajar dynasty.Then came the rise of Reza Shah and later his son who are both depicted as very cruel.She then describes the chaos of the 1979 revolution and how she had to flee for her life.I ...more
Khparisa
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
bi nazireh
Jolene Monheim
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about Iran... and of the courage and integrity of the woman who wrote this book. I found her and emailed her my appreciation of her work and I heard back from her! wow -
mona aghazade
عالی - خیلی گویا بود و لذت بخش
Zoha tajik
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
همیشه از خوندن تاریخ لذت میبرم اما از خوندن تاریخ از دریچه نگاه آدمها لذت بیشتری عایدم میشه. سَتاره از اون دسته آدماییه که براش احترام زیادی قائلم. البته جاهایی توی کتاب کلی گویی هایی کرده بود مثلا "ایرانیها حزب بادند" و یا "ایرانیها حسودند" و از این قبیل جملات که با توجه به اتفاقایی که طی سالهای ۵۷ براش تو ایران میفته بهش تا حدودی حق میدم که با بغض بنویسه. ...more
Sharon
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is, quite frankly, one of the most fascinating memoirs I have ever read.

Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born the year Reza Shah (father of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the ousted Shah of Iran) came to power. Born into one of Iran's noble families, she led a privileged life. However, because of her family's beloved servants, Farmaian was exposed to the squalor in which the majority of her country lived. She became determined to do something to help.

After studying abroad to become a social worker, Fa
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Pari
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read my fair share of books about Iran, both fiction and non-fiction. After completing "Daughter of Persia," I have to rank this book in the top three books about Iran, right up there with "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and "Iran Awakening."

Ms. Farman Farmaian does an excellent job detailing the political events of Iran from pre-Mossadegh to the revolution from the point of view of someone who was moderate and fairly removed from politics. It is an interesting take on events in Iran, viewed f
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Cathyb
May 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
In this heartfelt autobiography, Ms. Farman-Farmaian provides us with a personal account of Persian history and culture. The book chronicles her life experiences – as a young girl born into an aristocratic Qajar family to an adult woman who founded social work in Iran and was then forced into exile in order to survive. The writing is clear, wonderfully descriptive and contains a smattering of the Farsi language. It is amazing that after all she has been through that she is able to provide a fair ...more
Sahar
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
من بعد از خواندن این کتاب به عنوان یک دختر نوجوان که آینده خیلی امیدبخشی برای تغییر تو ایران با توجه به توانایی های خودم نمی دیدم به شدت انگیزه پیدا کردم و هنوز هم که هنوز هست از صحبت هاشون الهام می گیرم واقعا آموزنده بود
Rana Heshmati
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: آقاى شكوهى
از مدرسه كه برگشتم، مينويسم ريويوو اش را :دى
Jennifer Jacobs
A wonderful book!
No other words can describe the book other than those!It's a very beautifully written book by a lady from a very high ranking family of Iran!What makes this book so special is how the book describes life in Iran during 3 time periods,before 1979 under Shah,the chaos during 1979 and life after 1979!The chapter about how she met Ayatollah Khomeini's men was especially harrowing!And I luved that part of the book the most:)
The author is from a very well known family of Iran,her fath
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Alexander Polsky
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable life -- Sattareh Farman-Farmaian (who died in 2012) was born into medieval feudalism, grew up with a modernizing despotism of the Shah, and fled the ferocious obscurantism of the Iranian Revolution.

Smart, well read, and with courage, her book makes one more than a little sad, its the "what Iran could have been"; however there is some bright side in that its what Iran still might be.

Its politically difficult for anyone to swallow, which makes me like the author all the more. She was
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Rebecca altman
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous book and insight into a new perspective. I got a hold of this book when my husband who is getting his masters in social work brought this home as the read for one of his classes. Of course I read it in a couple of days and wanted to discuss it in full with him. It is a great book about a womans journey in a land where women dont have voices. She goes to America and receives a degree in California as one of the first to do so and then goes home and starts an unbelievable program f ...more
Simeon Kohlman Rabbani
This is a hauntingly beautiful account, not only of one woman's life story, but of the 20th-century history of Iran. It traces the rise and fall of Shahs, princes, and political movements, all as a tapestry through which the thread of Sattareh Farman Farmaian's remarkable life is woven. It is an absolutely essential background to understanding the current political turmoil in Iran and it gives powerful insights into Persian culture and the mindset and outlook of the Iranian people.

I only gave i
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Charlotte
Fascinating first hand account of a woman raised by a political leader in Iran. Her relationship with her father, mother, and the rest of the harem. Also their personal upheavals during war and how she introduced social work to the country. Quite an interesting life.
Soormeh
Jun 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, women
کتاب خوبی بود که آدم رو با تاریخ ایران آشنا می کرد و با زنی که اگر می شد ایران بمونه و به کارهاش ادامه بده ما امروز خوشبخت تر بودیم.
http://soormeh.blogfa.com/post-319.aspx

http://www.magiran.com/npview.asp?ID=...
Niloo Far
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
روایتی دلنشین که همراه میشی باهاش.
یکی از کتابایی شد که همیشه پس ذهنم هستن.
Parmidaat
زنی که اندرونی را تحمل نکرد و مادر مددکاری اجتماعی ایران شد, زنی که سه حکومت را در زندگی خود تجربه کرد و در حقش بی انصافی شد...
قضاوت هایش درمورد شخصیت های موثر انقلاب برایم جالب بود.
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Sattāreh Farmānfarmā'iān (1921 – 23 May 2012; Persian: ستاره فرمانفرمائیان) was one of the daughters of Persian nobleman Abdol Hossein Mirza Farmanfarma of the Qajar dynasty.

In addition to her autobiography, Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem through the Islamic Revolution (1992), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she published "Social Work as Social Development:
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