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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.

The U.S. & Iran / Orientalism


Orientaliism - the western study of Middle Eastern religion, lore, culture, and peoples - began in Europe and has been held responsible for worsening understanding between the East and West. Why? Are some academic studies actually off limits to other cultures?

How is American culture portrayed in the book, as a positive or negative force? Why?

How has reading this book made you think differently about America's relations with either Iran or Iraq?


Alexander, Yonah, and Allan S. Nanes. The United States and Iran: A Documentary History. Frederick: Aletheia Books, 1980.  E183.8.I55 U56

Bogle, Emory C. The Modern Middle East: From Imperialism to Freedom, 1800-1958. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 1996.  DS62.7 .B64 1996

Christopher, Warren et al. American Hostages in Iran: The Conduct of a Crisis. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1985.  E183.8.I55 A6 1985

Cooley, John K. An Alliance Against Babylon: The U.S., Israel, and Iraq. London: Pluto Press, 2005.  DS63.18 .C66 2005

Farber, David R. Taken Hostage: The Iran Hostage Crisis and America's First Encounter with Radical Islam. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005.  E183.8.I55 F37 2005

Houghton, David Patrick. US Foreign Policy and the Iran Hostage Crisis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.  E183.8.I55 H68 2001

Kinzer, Stephen. All the Shah's Men: An American CoUniversity Press and the Roots of Middle East Terror. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2003.  DS318 .K49 2003

Ledeen, Michael Arthur, and William Hubert Lewis. Debacle: The American Failure in Iran. New York: Knopf, 1981.  E183.8.I55 L42 1981

Little, Douglas. American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East Since 1945. 3rd ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.  DS63.2.U5 L58 2008

McFadden, Robert D., Joseph Treaster, and Maurice C. Carroll. No Hiding Place: The New York Times Inside Report on the Hostage Crisis. New York: Times Books, 1981.  E183.8.I55 N55 1981

Oren, Michael B. Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present.  New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2007.  DS63.2.U5 O54 2007

Ritter, Scott. Target Iran: The Truth about the White House's Plans for Regime Change. New York: Nation Books, 2006.  E183.8.I55 R58 2006

Rubin, Barry M. Paved with Good Intentions: The American Experience and Iran. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.  E183.8.I55 R83

Sick, Gary. All Fall Down: America's Tragic Encounter with Iran. New York: Random House, 1985.  E183.8.I55 S53 1985

Slavin, Barbara. Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies: Iran, the U.S., and the Twisted Path to Confrontation. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.  E183.8.I55 S58 2009

Tavakoli-Targhi, Mohamad. Refashioning Iran: Orientalism, Occidentalism, and Historiography. New York: Palgrave, 2001.  DS271.5 .T38 2001

Warraq, Ibn. Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said's Orientalism. Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2007. Click to request

Afkhami, Gholam Reza. "The Legacy of US-Iran Relations Before the Islamic Revolution: Misperceptions Affecting Policy Thirty Years After." Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Mar. 2, 2009. http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/18864/listen_to_gholam_afkhami_discuss_usiranian_relations.html

"Background Note: Iran." U.S. Department of State. Mar. 2008. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5314.htm

Beehner, Lionel. "Timeline: U.S.-Iran Contacts." Council on Foreign Relations. Mar. 9, 2007. http://www.cfr.org/publication/12806/timeline.html

Benson, Ivor. "Iran: Some Angles on the Islamic Revolution." Journal for Historical Review 9.2 (1989).  http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v09/v09p141_Benson.html

"Electronic Briefing Book: Declassified Documents on Iran and the U.S." National Security Archive, George Washington University. Nov. 5, 1999. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB21/index.html

Goodlander, Maggie. "The United States and Iran through the Ages: An Interview with Gary Sick." thepolitic.org. Nov. 14, 2008. http://thepolitic.org/content/view/134/37/

Marandi, Seyed Mohammad. "Western Media Representations, Iran, and Orientalist Stereotypes." Conflicts Forum. Jan. 2009. http://conflictsforum.org/2009/western-media-representations-iran-and-orientalist-stereotypes/

"People & Events: The Iranian Hostage Crisis, November 1979 - January 1981." 2001. American Experience - Jimmy Carter. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/carter/peopleevents/e_hostage.html

"Q&A: Iran's Islamic Revolution Had Western Blessing." Inter Press Service News Agency. Jul. 26, 2008. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=43328

Sharp, Jeb. "The United States and Iran." PRI's The World. Oct. 25, 2004. http://www.pri.org/theworld/?q=node/3565

"Timeline: US-Iran Ties." BBC News. Jan. 16, 2009.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3362443.stm

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