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Drinking arak off an ayatollah's beard : a journey through the inside-out worlds of Iran and Afghanistan

Author: Nicholas Jubber
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Da Capo Press edView all editions and formats
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Documents the author's investigation of daily life in Iran and Afghanistan, from religious shrines to illegal dance parties, and his use of Ferdowsi's epic poem "Shāhnāmeh" as a key to past and present conflict in the region.
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Named Person: Nicholas Jubber; Nicholas Jubber; Firdawsī.; Nicholas Jubber
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Jubber
ISBN: 9780306818844 0306818841
OCLC Number: 435418576
Description: x, 327 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: Iran. The inside-out city ; The most Persian Persian ; The snake-shouldered tyrant ; In the land of fire ; Minstrels in the mountains. --
Afghanistan. The prisoner poets ; Tea with a warlord. --
Iran and Central Asia. Tahmineh's secret ; The man in the moon ; Poets, polymaths, and pleasure-daughters. --
Afghanistan. The adventures of Abbas ; How to walk like an Afghan ; A holiday house in Helmand. --
Iran. The bird in the coffee cup ; Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's beard. --
Afghanistan. The road to Ghazni ; Insultin' the Sultan.
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Jason Elliot, author of An Unexpected Light: Travels in Afghanistan and Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran "It is impossible not to admire an author who travels to the world's most notorious Read more...

 
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