It is interesting how the context you grow up in can determine a lot of what you come to learn in your life. Growing up in a Sunni family and mostly Sunni community, I knew very little about Iran except that it was a Muslim country–Shia predominantly, near Iraq, and that the language spoken was Farsi and not Arabic. Although I grew up in a very diverse community, I did not come to meet many Iranians. When I look back at it now, it seems to me that part of the reason that I am not familiar with that part of the Muslim world is that in some ways it was always distant.
With all that is happening in Iran–the elections and post-election protests, I wanted to know more about a part of the world that still remained unfamiliar to me. This past week, I got my chance to learn more about Iran by reading Hooman Majd‘s book The Ayatollah Begs to Differ: The Paradox of Modern Iran. Majd will be joining Here on Earth tomorrow to talk about his book and Iran. Continue reading