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From palace to prison : inside the Iranian Revolution

Author: Iḥsān Narāqī
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On September 28, 1978, I was summoned to the Saadabad Palace for the first of eight audiences with the Shah spread over the last hundred days of his reign. During these meetings the monarch, anxious to understand the growing revolutionary crisis in Iran and if possible to find a way out, questioned me closely about my views of the situation ..." So begins Ehsan Naraghi's unusual and illuminating account of the
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Narāqī, Iḥsān, 1926-
From palace to prison.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 1994
(OCoLC)622833760
Named Person: Iḥsān Narāqī; Iḥsān Narāqī
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iḥsān Narāqī
ISBN: 1566630339 9781566630337
OCLC Number: 28148910
Notes: Includes index.
Description: ix, 283 pages ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Des palais du chah aux prisons de la Révolution.
Responsibility: Ehsan Naraghi ; translated from the French by Nilou Mobasser.

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"On September 28, 1978, I was summoned to the Saadabad Palace for the first of eight audiences with the Shah spread over the last hundred days of his reign. During these meetings the monarch, anxious to understand the growing revolutionary crisis in Iran and if possible to find a way out, questioned me closely about my views of the situation ..." So begins Ehsan Naraghi's unusual and illuminating account of the Iranian revolution of 1979. Far more than an insider's.

Memoir of the Shah's downfall and the rise of the Islamic Republic, it is also a unique behind-the-scenes view of Iran's tempestuous politics and society. In the first half of the book, Naraghi, a prominent Iranian sociologist, engagingly recounts his long conversations with the Shah in the weeks before the revolution. Here is the Shah at bay, a man overtaken by events and unbelievably ignorant of the causes of the popular agitation against him. Naraghi provides an.

Unparalleled picture of the revolutionary events as seen through the eyes of those at the very center of power. In the second half of the book the author recalls his thirty-three-month experience in prison - the first testimony to come from a survivor of the Islamic Republic's jails. In a rich, intensely human portrait of his fellow prisoners and his jailors, Naraghi powerfully reconstructs his prison world as a microcosm of the political earthquake that engulfed Iran.

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