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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (November 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185168073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851680733
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,351,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable witness account of the systematic persecution of the Baha'is in Iran" Oxford Times "makes compelling reading" The Friend

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1998
Format: Paperback
Olya's Story is a factual account of the experience of Baha'is in Iran after the revolution. It is significant historically, as well as in depicting true spirituality, faith, and sacrifice. Easily read, it grips your soul and envelopes your heart.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DAVID-LEONARD WILLIS on March 20, 2004
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Earlier in 1978 a religious march in the city of Qum protested a newspaper article critical of the exiled Islamic leader, Ayatu'llah Khomeini, at which the police opened fire, seventeen seminary students were killed, and the government was denounced as anti-Islamic. As religious fundamentalism swept the country, Iran's largest religious minority, the Baha'is, became vulnerable; their houses were looted, livestock stolen, shops attacked and many were taken to mosques to be forced to accept Islam by those who considered the Baha'i faith to be a heretical sect. Although Baha'is were obedient to the government and their religion does not allow them to take part in politics, they were considered a threat; burning and looting spread and Olya's house was filled with refugees. There had been phases of intense persecutions previous to this, in the 1950s, the 1920s and in the last century when 20,000 early believers were massacred.
When the Pahlavis left Iran, the streets exploded in jubilation and two weeks later Ayatu'llah Khomeini proclaimed the birth of a new state where all were to be free: "Interrogating people about their beliefs is forbidden. No one can be persecuted or punished purely for holding certain beliefs." Official recognition and freedom to practice their religion, educate their children in their faith and be represented in parliament was extended to Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians but not to Baha'is, although recognized as a separate religion by the United Nations. The belief that a new messenger of God had come to herald the long-awaited regeneration of humanity was considered a wicked heresy just as Christ's proclamation had been 2,000 years earlier.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Casper Voogt on January 28, 2002
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Olya spent time in prison with the 10 Baha'i women (including one who was only 17) who were hanged June 18, 1983 for teaching Baha'i children's classes. As such she's in a unique position to tell their story.
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I picked this book up and was caught by the mention of Iran on the front cover. She covers events following
1978. This to me had significance because she expained life in Shiraz, Iran. I lived there for a couple of years
as a child and got out of there about that time with part of my family. I did not even know what Bahai was. I
did not really understand what was going on. Bombs and gunfire could be heard in the distance. I was too
young to really comprehend.

This book is so full of executions and murders it is at first shocking but then just incomprehensible. I am not
native to that country but do not understand why given so many opportunities she didn't leave immediately
and bring everyone she could with her. Trying to reason with people with a fixed mindset who are violent
is really dangerous. I would have put my three year old, husband and grown sons in a higher priority.
I just don't understand the obsessive part of religious beliefs. This frustrated me. I spent a lot of this book
thinking - get out of there. My family was divided doing just that. I don't understand resigning yourself to
suffer attrocities to prove how deeply you believe in your religion. The martyr aspect simply escapes me.
I felt sorrow for the three year old boy who was lost without his mother and confused when she was standing
her ground on her religious beliefs in prison.

I am really sorry for what all of those people went through. I am however a big fan of running away from
a bad situation when it is really the right moment. I am grateful for the account of what went on. It really
clarified a lot for me. I am glad I left when I did. This is a good account of what happened after I left.
I wish the author left as I did. You can uphold your religious beliefs in other countries other than Iran.
For me standing your ground under those circumstances is all too high a price to pay.
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