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Revolution meets revelation

Ryere University English professor Nima Naghibi

In the late ‘90s, many Iranian writers – predominately female – began to tell the story of the 1979 revolution, and the resulting diaspora, through deeply personal narratives. English professor Nima Naghibi was inspired by these works and set out to explore how they relate to the larger idea of social justice.

Naghibi, who experienced the revolution as a child, is particularly interested in how these autobiographical accounts provide an important historical record, allowing other cultures to bear witness to the experiences of those who paid the ultimate price for their beliefs. She asserts that the re-telling and recirculation of these narratives underscores the importance of literature in political resistance; the stories place a claim on the reader to be observant and to take a stand.

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