From Library Journal
The daughter of one of the last Qajar rulers of Iran, Taj al-Saltana penned a memoir in 1914 recounting her life and experiences in the royal harem. Inspired by Western writings and disillusioned by incidents in her own life, Taj attacked many traditions, including the segregation and inferior status of women in Persian society. Now the existing fragments of her writings have been compiled in a book designed to appeal to an audience intrigued by life "behind the veil." While the feminist sentiments of the young woman appear modern, it is the simplicity and directness of Taj's personality that make the work memorable. The abrupt end of the memoirs during an account of her disintegrating marriage is a disappointment. An introduction precedes the text and a useful selection of historical biographies follows. Recommended for Middle Eastern collections.- Rose Cichy, Osterhout Free Lib., Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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About the Author
Abbas Amanat is a professor of history at Yale University and editor of the Journal of Iranian Studies. He also introduces the Mage edition of Edward Browne's The Persian Revolution of 1905-1909. His latest book is Pivot of the Universe: Naser al-din Shah and the Iranian Monarchy, 1831-1896. He is currently working on a documentary history of modern Iran.
Amin Neshati received his masters degree in English from Boston College. He lives in Annandale, Virginia, where he is the assistant editor of the Journal of Iranian Studies, and is following a career in translation and editing with a special interest in literary and historical texts. Anna Vanzan was born in and currently resides in Venice, Italy. She received her Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies from New York University.