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Most current events are rooted in the past.  Iran’s political events are no exception.


For over fifty years, the Pahlavi dynasty ruled over Iran through the iron fist of Reza Shah and his son, Mohammad Reza [the Shah]. The Pahlavis westernized Iran through measures such as the forceful unveiling of women in 1936. In 1963, women received suffrage. 


Among Iran’s burgeoning opposition, the leftist Tudeh Party challenged Iran’s westernization. But it was the Islamists, also opposed to the westernization programs, that succeeded in ousting the Shah in 1979. Led by Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic Revolution initiated a campaign to rapidly annihilate leftist political groups.






History is best described through life stories that are told in simple ways by appealing to what human beings hold in common, the love of life and country.

The Golden Cage is the story of three brothers the author knew through their sister, Pari, a childhood friend. Each brother subscribes to a different political ideology that tears Iran and their lives apart. As Pari observes, her brothers live deluded lives in a golden cage of ideology.


The famous Iranian sociologist, Ali Shariati, who died under suspicious circumstances a year before the revolution said, “If you do not have the power to overthrow the rule of oppression, inform others of the oppression.” These words mark the beginning of the story you will read, in the hope to expose a segment of the ongoing oppression in Iran.

Shirin Ebadi  is an Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and founder of Centre for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran. On October 10, 2003, Dr. Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She is the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009 Dr. Ebadi began life in exile; prevented by the current Iranian government from returning home without persecution.

$26.95 cloth

ISBN 978-0-9798456-4-2 / 5.625 x 8.25 inches

256 pages / MEMOIR, current events, Iran, human rights

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