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Book Review: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ by Hooman Majd

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 From the Backcover: The grandson of an eminent ayatollah and the son of an Iranian diplomat  journalist Hooman Majd is uniquely qualified to explain contemporary Iran’s complex and misunderstood culture to Western readers. 

The Ayatollah Begs to Differ provides an intimate look at a country that is both deeply religious and highly cosmopolitan, authoritarian yet informed by a history of democratic and reformist traditions. Majd offers an insightful tour of Iranian culture, introducing fascinating characters from all walks of life, including  zealous government officials, tough female cab drivers, and open-minded reformist ayatollahs. It’s an Iran that will surprise readers and challenge Western Stereotypes. 

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