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Understanding ‘Nofuzophobia’

The roots and legacy of Iranian resentment of the West, part of a weeklong look at 40 years of the revolution

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The First Jew I Met in Iran

Face to face with the challenges of living a double life under the Iranian theocracy

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Arafat and the Ayatollahs

The PLO’s greatest single contribution to the Iranian Revolution was the formation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, but the Palestinian leader’s involvement with Iran didn’t end there

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Writing Her Revolt

In the 40 years after the Iranian Revolution, some women memoirists came to see obedience as the opposite of goodness

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Guard It With Your Life

How Jewish musicians preserved—and are now saving—Persian music

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Unintended Consequences

In an excerpt from a new history of 20th-century Iran, the neglected story of the Jewish revolutionaries who participated in—or adapted to—the sweeping changes of 1979

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A Retrospective on the Iranian Revolution

Introducing Tablet’s week-long series on the 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution in Iran

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Why They Stay

The horror and hope undergirding Jewish life in post-Revolution Iran

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Jewish Participation in Iranian Political Life

Recent protests in Iran join a long history of what today would be known as activism

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The Ayatollah Empire Is Rotting Away

Regime clerics steal everything, including the pistachio nuts

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The Iranian Intellectual Who Inspired the Islamic Revolution and Admired Israel

Iran Week: Jalal Al-e Ahmad’s astonishing and paradoxical account of his 1963 travels in the Holyland, newly translated and reissued as ‘The Israeli Republic’

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Do Iranian Clerics Dream of Eliminating Israel?

The enlightened-benighted paradoxes of the Shia state have deep roots, and relations with Jews are at a historical nadir

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The Reign of Terror, Year XX

The state of jihad and counter-jihad, in the middle of a long war

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How Iran Kept Its Jews

Early in his reign, the ayatollah received a secret visit from six Jews—a visit that may have saved thousands

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‘Before the Revolution’ Explores the Sheltered Fantasy Lives Led by Israelis in Iran

Dan Shadur talks about his documentary about life under the Shah, and his parents’ golden years in Tehran

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Persian Gulf

Thirty years after the Islamic Revolution made them exiles, the Persian Jews of Los Angeles are split in new ways by an old question: how much to hold on to religious and cultural traditions forged in a country that now hates them

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Revolutionary Choices

Are the mass protests toppling regimes across the Middle East closer in spirit to 1979 Iran or 1989 Eastern Europe? Paul Berman, Elliott Abrams, Bruce Riedel, Andrew Tabler, and Brian Katulis consider the region’s future.

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Personal Revolution

Iranian, American, Jewish: Reflections on a complicated life

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