Welcome to Noghteh Resources on Iran

 
Noghteh Resources on Iran was founded in the spring of 1995. The founding members were intellectuals who had left Iran soon after the all out repression that swept Iran in 1982, residing in the US and Europe. The objective was to nourish the Iranian emigrants and political refugees as to the artistic, intellectual, cultural and political endeavors undertaken by their compatriots as well as renowned Iranologists teaching in Universities and institutions of higher Education, world over.

Due to the rising demand for setting up a solid platform to cover certain defining moments of Iran’s modern history in English language, Noghteh Resources on Iran has decided to take a new turn in its educative endeavors and undertake new fields of study such as religious, gender and ethnic persecutions in the Near East. In so doing, we aim to provide information and analysis for concerned US citizen about different features of past and present processes pertaining to history in the making.

It is our firm belief that a profound engagement with Iranian history, polity, culture and sub-cultures, gender relations, trends of thought and life styles in both Persian and English language helps Iranians towards a better integration in their new home, the foundation of which epitomizes and entails the principles of freedom, liberty, altruism, hard work, human dignity and diversity.
 
Below are the up to date publications of the Noghteh Resources on Iran.

 
 
 
 

The Road Not Taken  (Narrative on the Life & Times of Iranian Feda’i Guerrillas)

A study of the Organization of the Iranian People’s Feda’i Guerrillas (OIPFG) from its inception to the fall of the Shah’s regime on February 11, 1979, its ties with the workers movement, its organic relationship with the student movement and day to day life in the safe houses……

 
 
 
 
 

In the Name of Law  (Bijan Jazani & Hassan Zia Zarifi in Military Court)

A case study of the arrest and trial of Bijan Jazani, Hassan Zia Zarifi and other twelve members of a newly formed revolutionary group which later became one of the two pillars of the Iranian Peoples Feda’i Guerrillas. This exceptional trial that lasted from Dec. 30, 1968 till Feb. 27, 1969 is considered as one of the most important political trials of the 1960’s in Iran……

 
 
 
 
 

The Workers in Bleak Times

Published in the second decade of the twentieth century, This book is the first novel of the Iranian workers’ literature. According to its author Ahmad Ali Khodadadeh, this novel is more than just a story, it is about the living conditions of Iran around a century and a half ago……

 
 
 
 
 

Iranian Women’s Uprising  (Renaissance, International Solidarity)

This two-volume book is the untold account of the March 8, 1979 peaceful uprising of the Iranian women, pouring into the streets of Tehran protesting against Ayatollah Khomeini’s call for mandatory veiling of Iranian women working in the public sector and educational institutions. This first massive protest movement to the rule of Shiite clergy and the Islamization of Iran, was soon joined by women and also men of six major cities throughout the country and lasted for six days……

 
 
 

Being Known and Yet Unknown

Being Known and Yet Unknown not only introduces the reader to the persona of a female artist, but through different narratives of her life, it depicts achievements as well as obstacles for the advancement of the educated urban middle-class women in the context of the hundred-year transformation of women’s socio-economic conditions specially during the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi……

 
 
 
 

The Peyke Saadat Nesvan  (Journal)

First published in September of 1927, till August of 1928, this magazine was the first journal published by Iranian women’s rights activists and was the first journal produced by left-leaning women in Iran. During this period six issues were distributed in major cities in Iran, reaching women’s rights advocates……

 
 
 
 
 

Women in the Shadow

Five young women from one of the provinces in Iran, whose husbands were either imprisoned or executed during the rampant repression of the 1980s, recounted their traumatic experiences with Fariba Iraj. First one on one, and then in a group everyone shared their stories……

 
 
 
 
 

Displaced  (Memories of Exile)

The memoirs of the life in exile of Ms. Katouzian, this book is indispensable for the understanding of the sorrows and joys, as well as the triumphs and setbacks experienced by Iranian intellectuals who were in the opposition to the emerging theocracy in the early 1980’s and ultimately had to flee their beloved country after the fundamentalist forces decided to extinguish all voices of dissent……

 
 
 
 

Sketches of a Friendship  (Living Revolution and Exile)

This book represents the late prominent sociologist, Hamed Shahidian’s (1938-1993) reflections on his relationship with a friend and mentor, Toosi Tabatabaei. It is a compressed impression of exchange of ideas between two thinkers regarding gender relations in Iranian society (past and future). It is a rigorous probe of concepts such as love, literature, revolution, intellectuality and the agency of intellectuals and life in exile.
The book is bilingual (English and Persian)……

 
 
 

The Inescapable Escape  (Book 1 & 2)

In this two-volume book, thirty men and women of all ages and walks of life with diverse political and religious believes talk about their motivations for fleeing Iran. The protagonists have fled Iran through different borders, seeking asylum in different countries……

 
 
 
 
 
 

Crime & Punishment  (On the Assassination of Dissidents in Iran)

One essay in this book in great detail describes how the “chain murders” of the …. were carried, based on detailed and careful examination of accessible evidences. The other essay is an investigative inquiry into the circumstances and context of Hojjat-Al-Islam Khatami’s rise to power – during whose terms these serial assassinations occurred……

 
 
 
 
 

Tremblings  (Memories)

This book captures the author’s life experiences in the 80’s and 90’s; But at the same time, her life resembles the lives of many women of her generation. A young generation who lived the experience of the 1979 Revolution with immense passion, but soon became disillusioned by the outcome of the Revolutions……

 
 
 
 
 

Islamic Republic of Iran  (Paradoxes of Reform and Prospects of Rebellion)

The question of reform and revolution, different types and plans of reform and the relationship between reform and qualitative evolution (overhaul) of the system is the first focus of this book. The second part of the study deals with the history of reform in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), the course of its evolution and finally the failure of the idea of “reform from within”. The third section of this booklet is dedicated to the question of “regime change” and how this strategy is perceived by the existing spectrum of those opposing the IRI……

 
 
 

Fallen, Aspiring to a Better Tomorrow  (With the Drawings of Ardeshir Mohases)

The “Bereft of life, in hope of a fresh start” ode is our prominent poet visit of the Slaughterhouse/Abattoir and his versified elegy for the/that Massacre in a dramatic style……

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Book of Prison  (An Anthology of Priosn Life in the Islamic Republic of Iran), Vol.1&2

This book is a collection of two volumes which aims to provide a comprehensive account of the prison system and the experience of incarceration in the Islamic Republic period. From 1979 to the present day, the prison system has been a continuous element in the contention between the state and dissident forces, as well as contrast within the state elites themselves. Nearly all political movements which have been active in Iran during these past four decades have experienced jail as an essential element of their activities and very existence. This experience has been defined by the worst forms of imposition of prison practices, from the extensive use of torture to obtain confessions, through to systematic extra judicial capital punishment, especially in 1981 to 1988. The present compilation seeks, at times starkly, to raise awareness on these issues for a wider Persian audience. Its editor, Nasser Mohajer, is of the belief that the persecution of individuals on political and expression grounds will continue as long as the general awareness of related prison practices will remain limited……

 
 
 

From Tehran to Stalinabad  (Mohammad Torbati)

This book is Mohammad Torbati’s memoirs of 50 years of political activity within and without Iran’s Tudeh Party. He joined this pro-Moscow left wing party in the year 1943. He was forced to live underground after the 1953 military coup against the democratic government of Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh……

 
 
 
 
 

The National Union of Iranian Women  (Revisited)

The theme of this book is about the formation and activities of the National Union of Iranian Women, which was founded a few weeks after the 1979 February Revolution of Iran. Most of the founders of NUIW were left-leaning women educated in North America and Western Europe and active in the struggle against the Shah’s dictatorial regime. The NUIW was dissolved after the onslaught of the Islamic Republic on all democratic forces of the country in June 1981……

 
 
 
 

And Still Lives Our Story  (Memories of an Iranian Political Prisoner)

In this book Hassan Darvish has recounted his prison memoirs in a creative and unclassical way. He was imprisoned by the Islamic Republic of Iran from 1982 to 1984 in “Vakil Abad” and the “Central Committee” detention center in the city of Mashad. While detailing his ordeal in prison, he also writes about his life before and after imprisonment……

 
 
 
 
 

In Exile  (Twenty Three Iranian Short Stories)

In this collection, 23 Iranian writers who accepted the call-for-entries by Nasser Mohajer, have recounted stories of life under the theocratic regime of Iran and why people were forced to leave their country and loved ones to seek political asylum in foreign lands. The life and times of political dissidents, nonconformists and non-Muslims are narrated in the labyrinth of displacement……

 
 
 
 
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Noghteh Review  (Volume 1)

Intellectuals and the revolution • The dictators and the clowns • The enlightening • What is Enlightenment • The dust of life • The notion of time and some deductions • Yugoslavia and the new nationalism • Organizational violation • The ruined nest • Chaghlayan Hotel • The burned • The tasks of novelist • Miguel Marmol • The little world of Martine Issacson • Alas • What is my ending • The nights and the dogs • Thirteen years after your execution • So Zahhak is the King of Universe……

 
 
 
 
 

Noghteh Review  (Volume 2)

Revisiting Kasravi’s murder after fifty years • Ahmad Kasravi, an uncompromising reformer • History and politics • A reflection upon historical cognition • The composition of silence • The psychology of torture • The Iranian revolution, the nation and nationalism • Behind the death of stained walls of prison • The mystery of the garden • A brief encounter • This is your poet • Sui • Dancing in the moonlight • My stone butterflies • The new year’s eve butterfly • Hedayat’s “Hadji Agha” in France • A review of “French Testimony” • Poetry • A man, a woman, a nightmare……

 
 
 
 
 
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A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.1)

A year in review • The tragedy of health care and medical treatment in Iran • The population problem and the question of women • Algeria in a limbo of fire and blood • Marx the philosopher of democracy • The existing and promised Islam • Women veiled and unveiled • On the victims of torture • In wilderness • Bazargan: Mirroring of the Iranian national bourgeoisie • In memory of Mehrdad Bahar • Chronicle of a Crime: Who Bijan Jazani was murdered by Savak • Letter to Taslima Masrin • On the Simple Truth……

 
 
 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.2)

The US trade embargo on Iran • Three articles on the Kurdish struggle • On the Kurdish Question • Remarks on Kurdish nationalist historiography • Perspective on the Kurdish movement in Iran • It will never be forgotten • Uprising in Islamshahr • The tragedy of health care and medical treatment in Iran • Alternatives! • The French elections • The existing and promised Islam • Salam Cinema • A glance at Nima Parvaresh’s unequal struggle • Shame: An outcry against fundamentalism and ethnocentrism• On Marx’s philosophy • A tribute to Samineh Baghchehban……

 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.3)

After this bitter Experience! • Censorship in Iran • Two regimes, two experiences • The problems of publishing under the Islamic Republic of Iran • The labyrinth of “Islamic Cinema” • Censorship and self censorship • The fourth U.N. Conference on Women • A mirror on the O.J. Simpson trial • A second look • Iran’s state terrorism on trial • The enlightenment and the invention of civil society • “…And the earth is round” • Mirza Agha Khan Kermani • Death of an old herald: Ernest Mandel • Homage to Aziz Nesin • In search of originality of literature • Kiarostami’s cinema……

 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.4-5)

The Islamic Republic of Iran, is one of a kind • The Iranian Revolution revisited (dossier) • France: “La Gre´ve” • French intellectuals and the protest movement • The new Zapatistas: The first post-communist rebels • The sin of being human being • Ahmad Mir Alai, me and bursts of laughter • On Kundera’s “Slowness” • Edward Said……

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.6)

Infatuated with serving • Prison, torture and the massacre of 1988 (dossier) • Civil society • Commemorating the Paris Commune • A journey to the labyrinth of the past • Human rights and Iranian women • Remembrance • A window towards Sahar • A flower shrouded in smoke • Living in wind • Utopia……

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.7)

After Mykonos • The Iranian left: Problems and perspectives • Nicaragua at the crossroads • Broken wings • A talk with Heiner Muller • Commemorating Seroj Stepanian tragedy of our generation • Reviewing the “Shattered Mirrors” of Houshang Golshiri • Amorous, I am all rebellion • Censorship in Iran……

 
 
 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.8)

Democracy and theocracy • The intellectuals • Che Guevara, yesterday and today • Civil society and the socialist movement • Notes on “Memories of Mehdi Bazargan” • Shattered mirrors or the shattered intellectuals • Prisoners of the silk garden • A letter for Faraj Sarkuhi • Remembering Ghafar Hosseini • Afghanistan in turmoil……

 
 
 
 
 
 

A Persian Quarterly on Politics, History and Culture  (No.9)

The beginning of the end • The Islamic Republic of Iran through the mirror of City Council elections • My concern about the association of Iranian Writers • Blasphemy, heresy, apostasy, atheism and polytheism • The punishment of a combatant against God • State terrorism in Islamic Republic of Iran • Pinochet arrested • Iran a country where talking about trees is a crime • More on “civil society and radical change” • On the 10th Conference of Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation • Remembering Eprime Eshagh • Homage to an unknown mentor: Ali Pasha Amjadi……

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