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From Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa & Blake Ferris, translation
Copyright (c) 2003 by L'Association, Paris, France. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.



1979 Iranian Revolution

Questions

Marji and her parents are active protestors. In what ways do you believe protest is effective or ineffective?

How do Marjane and her compatriots deal with fear in their daily lives?  To what extent do you see fear as a controlling factor in your own country's public life?

What role does the educational system play in post-revolutionary Iran?  What strategies do the children in this story employ to make sense of the political realities of the world around them?

What hope of resolution of the conflict between the people and their repressive government does Persepolis offer?  Do you believe the situation for the citizens of Iran has improved since 1984, when the book ends?

Books

Ansari, Ali M.. Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change. London: Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2000.  JQ1789.A15 A57 2000 

Arjomand, Said Amir. The Turban for the Crown: The Islamic Revolution in Iran. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.  DS316.6 .A74 1988

Azimi, Fakhreddin. The Quest for Democracy in Iran: A Century of Struggle Against Authoritarian Rule. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.  JQ1789.A15 A95 2008

Bakhash, Shaul. The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution. Rev ed. New York: Basic Books, 1990.  DS318.8 .B34 1990

Behnam, M. Reza. Cultural Foundations of Iranian Politics. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1986.  JQ1785 .B44 1986

Esposito, John L., and Rouhollah K. Ramazani. Iran at the Crossroads.  New York: Palgrave, 2001.  DS318.8 .I656 2001 

Fischer, Michael M. J. Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980.  BP192.7.I68 F57 

Forbis, William H. Fall of the Peacock Throne: The Story of Iran. New York: Harper & Row, 1980.  DS254.5 .F6 1980

Gheissari, Ali, and Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr. Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.  DS316.6 .G47 2006

Godazgar, Hossein. The Impact of Religious Factors on Educational Change in Iran: Islam in Policy and Islam in Practice. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.  LC94.I7 G63 2008

Jahanbakhsh, Forough. Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran, 1953-2000: From Bāzargān to Soroush. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2001.  BP173.6 .J34 2001

Keddie, Nikki R., and Yann Richard. Roots of Revolution: An Interpretive History of Modern Iran. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981.  DS316.3 .K42

Khomeini, Ruhollah, and George Carpozi. Islamic Government. New York: Manor Books, 1979.  JC49 .K5313

Kurzman, Charles. The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.  DS318.8 .K87 2004

Nabavi, Negin. Intellectuals and the State in Iran: Politics, Discourse, and the Dilemma of Authenticity. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.  DS318.82 .N33 2003

Sreberny-Mohammadi, Annabelle, and Ali Mohammadi. Small Media, Big Revolution: Communication, Culture, and the Iranian Revolution. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1994.  P95.82.I7 S68 1994





Bakhash, Shaul and Esfandiari, Haleh. "The 25th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution: Looking Back and Ahead." The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Feb. 7, 2004. http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=1716

Hooker, Richard. "Shi'a: The Iranian Revolution." Washington State University. 1999. World Civilizations: An Internet Classroom and Anthology. http://www.wsu.edu:8000/~dee/SHIA/REV.HTM

Lee, Sean. "The Second Iranian Revolution: Why Iran's Modern Radicalism Should Ease US Fears." Stanford Journal of International Relations X.1 (2008): 44-51.  www.stanford.edu/groUniversity Press/sjir/pdf/Iran_REAL_final.pdf

The Middle East Institute. The Iranian Revolution at 30 (Jan. 29, 2009) http://www.mei.edu/Portals/0/Publications/Iran_Final.pdf

"Remembering Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution." National Public Radio. Aug. 17, 2009 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111944123&ft=1&f=1009

"The Story of the Revolution - Hear How the Iranian Revolution Happened in the Words of Iran's Leaders." BBC Persian. http://www.bbc.co.uk/persian/revolution/


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