Currently I have been reading and thoroughly enjoying a memoir by Firoozah Dumas. She named her memoir Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America. She combines humor and reality into a great blend that make readers feel connected and related to her life even if you have never even been outside of your home country. People in the world realize how different cultures can be, and while reading Funny in Farsi you get a first hand experience of how two completely different cultures, Iranian and American, can coexist. My mother is from Sweden and I have been blessed to have family I visit every year there. It truly was a culture shock in the beginning of my travels to Europe, but quickly learned to appreciate the differences and grasp a whole new meaning to the world we live in. Swedes do a lot of things different; how they greet each other, speak to strangers passing by, and even how and when they eat. These experiences in my life have helped me enjoy reading about Firoozeh’s story and transformation if you will of life. This led me to appreciate the chapter title “You Can Call Me Al.” In this chapter, Firoozah tells us stories of her past vacation spots she used to travel with her family back in Iran along with her dad’s new favorite locations to visit, now living in America. As you can imagine, the two destinations for a family vacation is the complete opposite of each other. In Iran Firoozah would speak of long beautiful trips between Tehran and the Caspian Sea along the coast. Her nostalgic admirable tone gives you a sense of paradise while reading her descriptions. I love reading these passages because it takes me back to family trips in Sweden that we take. I would travel to an island off the coast of Sweden call Gotland, and that was the Hawaii of Sweden. Girls, beaches, sun and warm water. Couldn’t ask for much more than that. These trips make me appreciate traveling and learn about new cultures just as when I listen to Firoozah speak of her own trips. Nothing can replace memories like those or replace the feeling you get remembering them. And after hearing about her trips in America I can tell how much she misses that with her family. Her father’s favorite location in America is Las Vegas to go to. A lit up circle of desert and blandness once compared to her vacations back home. This is an important chapter in my opinion because if you have never travelled outside of America and love Las Vegas as much as Firoozah’s dad did then you are really missing out. In Sweden, almost every family has a summer home on the lake where they either visit constantly or live there for the season’s months. Vacationing at these homes was unbelievable. This isn’t to say that I travel to Las Vegas in America. I still have plenty of adventurous scenic trips in California, but my point is that without experiencing more than just your circle of
New Zealand area as well as the Muslim World countries were impacted by imperialism in the later 1800s and early 1900s. However, imperialism has affected both regions in different ways in their political, economic, and social aspects. The British colonies and the Muslim countries were two very different territories in very different situations.
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand had few original inhabitants such as the Aborigines in Australia and the Maori in New Zealand. The natives that were there…
Buyid Dynasties. The synthesis of Persian culture and Islam was not an immediate result of the Arab expansion into Iran and there is certainly a lack of research on the subject. However, in this essay, I will attempt to explain the contributions of the Samanid and Buyid dynasties to this synthesis with a focus on the attempts of the Samanid Dynasty at centralization and a unified identity through religion, language and culture.
The Islamization of Iran occurred as a result of the Arab conquest…
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A dynamic model interpreting work-related values of multi-faceted cultures: the case of Iran
Fariba Latifi Version of record first published: 17 Feb 2007.
To cite this article: Fariba Latifi (2006): A dynamic model interpreting work-related values of multi-faceted cultures: the case of Iran, The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 17:12, 2055-2073 To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585190601000188…
Scarves and veils of different colors and shapes were customary in countless cultures long before Islam came into being in the seventh century in the Arabian Peninsula (which includes present-day Saudi Arabia). To this day, head coverings play a significant role in many religions, including Orthodox Judaism and Catholicism.
Since the seventh century, Islam has grown to be one of the major world religions. As it spread through the Middle East to Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, to Central Asia, and…
Since the mid-1900’s, The United States has always had ongoing tensions with not only Iran, but the Middle East as a whole. Ranging from nuclear weapons, terrorism and communism, the U.S has always had disputes over tensions surrounding Middle Eastern politics and ideals. Whether it be the Islamic rule over Iran, the Iranian Hostage situation or the 9/11 attacks, the misconceptions of the aftermath of these events have left the people of the Middle East given a malevolent perception in the U.S and…
lesbian, and bisexual people to death for same-sex actions. Those countries are: Iran, Mauritania, Saudi-Arabia, Sudan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and Nigeria (“Lesbian Life”).
Last year the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, gave a speech at Columbia University in New York where he clearly stated that in Iran they do not have homosexuals. Ahmadinejad was asked a question about gay executions in Iran, which he…
The Stoning of Soraya M
After watching the movie, there is no doubt that this is a brutal and emotional drama.
Even wondering why not considers it as a tragic story. Killing an innocent woman without any genuine proof or virtuous evidence is completely unacceptable and shocking. Despite there were no concrete evidence to justify an adultery conviction, Soraya was humiliated and was stoned to death. Don’t you find that a grotesque abuse?
35 year-old woman was innocent, but the extremist Islamic…
The following report is on any popular television advertisement with regards to any of the following 3 categories
This report I will focus on the following topics.
• Breakdown of characters
• How characters are represented?
• Actions and dialogues of the characters
• The style (genre) of the advert and its focus – what is it selling?
• The impact that all of the above might have on perceptions, attitudes or actions of audience members
For my assignment…
political system are—or are NOT—democratic? In your opinion, can democracy and theocracy be blended? Is it reasonable for foreign governments to think that they can push Iran towards embracing democratic reforms? If yes, how? If not, why not?
Traditionally, the debate on whether or not religion and democracy can be blended is not unique to Iran, nor to Islam. More often than not, history has taught us that these two aspects of society cannot not be blended, and sometimes it has been suggested that the two…
Christianity developed out of Judaism in the 1st century C.E. It is founded on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and those who follow him are called "Christians." Christianity has many different branches and forms with accompanying variety in beliefs and practices. The three major branches of Christianity are Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism, with numerous subcategories within each of these branches. Until the latter…