We are Iran Paperback – 8 Jun 2006
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Dump your presumptions and enjoy this enlightening selection from Iran's fearless bloggers. -- Arts and Books Review, The Independent
Funny, savvy, thougtful, Iran's online network emerges as an axis of good, and hope... -- Arts and Books Review, The Independent
About the Author
Nasreen Alavi is a British Iranian who gave up a career in the City of London to work for an NGO in Tehran. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book is about everything and anything Iranian. There are examples of people who voted for Ahamdianjad and their reason behind it, in their own words. There are Islamists and ayatollahs and their toil for a fairer Iran, to humanist poets and their fight against censorship before and after the revolution. The young and educated youth of Iran, who are 70% of the population. They are the future of Iran. A few years ago I had the honour of working with underprivileged youth in Iran. The way they think, their aspirations and hopes are no different to my own nephews and nieces, and we get a flavour of the aspiration of Iran’s educated youth in this book and their designs for a Iran of their own.
This book to me was ultimately about the freedom of expression. But I would have liked to see the author expand on some of the issues especially in chapter 4, in that it may leave non-Iranians with unanswered questions. I think my best compliment to this book is that as an Iranian I was consciously trying to gauge the author’s political leanings and bias and in the end I just couldn’t.Read more ›
Above the unique insight it offers are the promises of hope. In a country were 70 per cent are under 30 and educated the future is bound to be promising. With informative societal historical cultural background on all things Iran, the narrative tries to highlight the views and aspirations of Iran's highly educated post-war baby boom generation, and as we get to read: "Throughout the 20th Century baby boomers' have had enormous impact on society during every stage of their collective lives, leading to the post-war transformation of the Western world. Baby-boomers are the drivers of change and Iran's new up-and-coming youth may well prove as significant and influential."
As a member of this baby boom generation, I have always felt that (if only by sheer numbers) we are Iran or will be the future of Iran anyway. I can't think of a better tribute than this book to my generation and the youth of Iran, rich or poor, religious or secular and so on. And I can't see any other way that you could truly see us the way you can in this book. It is amazing how though its diversity it captures the fundamental nature of my generation. We are all there in this moving yet at times very amusing and unflawed narrative.
I have just finished reading this book, and the critics of this book are factually correct…the author did not interview 60 million Iranians, and our friend from Tabriz is indeed correct, in that unmarried Afghan building workers are very underrepresented in this book. I can also reveal, having actually read the book, that there are no blogs from blessed cheesemakers explaining the joys and difficulties of making cheese in today’s Iran. But I don’t think the book is the poorer for it.
If our Tabrizi friend is really worried about this, he could publish a periodical to reveal his in depth insight in to the feelings of young unmarried Afghan building workers. But newspaper publishers don’t seem to have a long shelf life in Iran lately. Maybe as he has a computer, it might be safer to start a blog and address this imbalance in the blogesphere?
Yes, by selecting blogs as a source, the book can not be 100% proportionally representative of every Iranian thought. People who can’t read, don’t have a computer, cheesemakers etc.
But that doesn’t make the book less insightful or less unique. What is the next best thing to really reflecting the thoughts of Iranians then? Friday prayer speeches? Deluded CIA funded royalist satellite stations?
For me this book is the most insightful revelation of ANY society I have read. It’s not the view of one or two political analysts, politicians or academics. It really is a slice through all sections of society in Iran that keep a blog.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book. This is also the fifth Iran-related book I have read in the last six months and it is the hardest to put down. Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2011 by Joseph Devine
Because of the nature of the book (the author is compelled to show the hidden and changing ideas in Iran), it spends more time on showing the worst of the Islamic regime. Read morePublished on 15 July 2008 by Bob
I went on holiday to Iran last year and spent three weeks visiting Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd and Tehran. Read morePublished on 14 April 2008 by Jez
I bought this book after finding it on the 2006 books of the year list of one of our broadsheets. I can’t remember which one it was now. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2006 by Joshua M
Comparing poor Afghans and Iranians to "blessed cheesemakers" is a typical example of the upper-class and exile snobbery that characterises the thinking behind this book. Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2006 by Mrad
The premise of this book - that web blogs are some kind of new political movement in Iran - is another ridiculous example of the obsession of rich Iranian exiles and western... Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2005
There have been quite a lot written about contemporary Iran by "Experts". This is the first book that gives you an insight in to real Iran. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2005
There have been quite a lot written about contemporary Iran by "Experts". This is the first book that gives you an insight in to real Iran. Read morePublished on 30 Nov. 2005
Yet another book by a rich kid from northern Tehran trying to pretend their experience typifies all Iranians - like pretending bloggers are some kind of democratic movement. Read morePublished on 28 Nov. 2005