Iran from the Inside

Monday, September 29, 2008

Get an insider’s perspective on Iran’s politics and culture – from Farsi poetry, to what Iranians really think of President Ahmadinejad. Hooman Majd is the Western-educated grandson of an ayatollah, and he’s the author of The Ayatollah Begs to Differ.


Hooman Majd

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Oct. 09 2008 12:50 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Peterson: From what I heard, Ahmedinejad said Israel *should* be wiped off the map, which is not the same as threatening to do it. Makes me think those words were chosen carefully. Or maybe it doesn't come across well in translation, like some of the other things Mr. Majd talked about.

Sep. 30 2008 11:04 PM
Peterson from Westchester

OK, so all that "wipe Israel off the map" stuff is just Farsi rhetoric?

Sep. 29 2008 02:56 PM
Roger from East Village

Thanks, once again, for an enlightening conversation about a topic I had little understanding. Very interesting.

Sep. 29 2008 02:00 PM
Laura from Manhattan

Bless my stars! Leonard Lopate, WNYC, amazing topics and guests.........This is so helpful and enjoyable! Many thanks!!!

Sep. 29 2008 01:58 PM
Amy from Manhattan

This is really interesting. So Farsi "Death to" is kind of the flip side of the Spanish, French, etc., "Viva" or "Vive" for "Up with"!

And if modern-day Iranians look to the Persian Empire & to Cyrus as a model of leadership, then logically they should support Zionism! After all, it was Cyrus who returned the Jews of the Babylonian exile to Israel.

Sep. 29 2008 01:46 PM
Edward Lewit from New York

How can we better communicate with the Iranians since the language nuances are so different??
Ed Lewit

Sep. 29 2008 01:44 PM
lila gutowski from nj

If iranian go to great pains to separate themselves from arabs, why the identification with the palestinians at all costs?

Sep. 29 2008 01:42 PM
Sally from Soho

Can you ask him about his feelings on the USA misconception that Ahmejdinejad is not really in control Iran.

Obama tried to make this point in the debate but it was swallowed by silence and the terrible format.

Sep. 29 2008 01:33 PM

President Ahmadinejad sounds like a lovely but very misunderstood man.

Sep. 29 2008 01:32 PM

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