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Struggling to Learn or Teach Farsi? Mona Kiani’s ‘Finglisi’ Books Could Be The Solution

Mona Kiani, an Iranian-Australian who wanted her young son to learn Persian, has written the "Englisi Farsi User Guide", a book for children that avoids the need to master the Persian alphabet.

‘Letters to A Young Muslim’: An Ambassador’s Advice to Young People in the Muslim...

By Peyman Pejman
Since the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, there has been much criticism in the West that the Muslim world, collectively speaking, has not done enough soul searching, and that it has shied away from discussing taboo issues.

Why Some Iranians Call Themselves ‘Persians’: UC Irvine’s Rahimieh Offers Clues

By Peyman Pejman
What is Iranian “culture,” and how has it evolved as peole's lives, views, and perceptions of their homeland have changed over the years? Those and many other questions came up at a February 9 lecture by Nasrin Rahimieh, Howard Baskerville Professor in Humanities and Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California in Irvine.

CIA Interrogator Remembers Saddam Hussein’s Hatred of Iran in New Book

By Peyman PejmanThe U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 is a historical event of such significance that it will define the modern-day Middle East for years to come. Proponents and opponents of the invasion have written books about it. Yet none had the unique front seat to history that John Nixon had. Nixon, who was an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at the time, was the person charged with Saddam’s interrogation after the “Butcher of Baghdad” was arrested on December 13, 2013 at a farm in Tikrit,

Reorient Magazine Founder Joobin Bekhrad Publishes Debut Novel

Joobin Bekhrad is the founder of Reorient magazine, an acclaimed online publication that celebrates contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. He is also the author of a new translation of Omar Khayyam’s poems into English. Kayhan London recently caught up with him to discuss his debut novel Coming Down Again – a nostalgic coming-of-age tale about a dreamy schoolboy and his love of rock and roll.KL: What is Reorient magazine, and why did you set it up?JB: Reorient is a publication about the contemporary arts and culture of the Middle East and the surrounding region. It is a non-political, non-religious, and [largely] non-commercial endeavor made possible by the voluntary efforts of contributors around the world.

Novelist Alexandra Monir Releases Murder Mystery, Has Film in Development with Sony Pictures

Alexandra Monir is a bestselling U.S.-based author of Iranian descent who sprang to fame in her early twenties with the young-adult novel “Timeless.” A...

Surviving 438 Days in a Maximum-Security Prison, Journalist Mohamed Fahmy Defends Iran’s Detainees

By Peyman Pejman
Egypt’s notorious maximum-security Scorpion prison is reserved for terrorists, criminals and high-level political prisoners. And yet that's exactly where Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy – at the time the bureau chief of Al Jazeera's English channel – spent a total of 438 days in captivity.

Iran Will Dominate U.S. Foreign Policy Agenda, Says Author and Wall Street Journal Journalist...

By Peyman Pejman
As a foreign affairs and national security writer for The Wall Street Journal, Jay Solomon arrived in Lebanon in the summer of 2006. Until that point, and by his own admission, he had spent little time in the region. The pro-Iran Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah had kidnapped

War Correspondent and Novelist Peyman Pejman Discusses Journalism and Thriller Writing

As a fearless reporter and war correspondent, Peyman Pejman witnessed major milestones in the contemporary history of the Middle East: from the 1978-79 Iranian...

Sotheby’s Hosts Launch of Calligraphy Book by Rose Issa and Venetia Porter

Sotheby's London recently hosted the launch of a lavishly illustrated art book on calligraphy co-authored by curator Rose Issa and by Venetia Porter, the...