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The House of the Mosque Paperback – March 15, 2010
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I was interested to know how the Moslem think, what sort of home life they have and just how different their culture is. This book is a good insight. It is written in the era of the '60's up to and including the time of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. It takes us through this era and the changes that take place from the time of Persia under the Shah to an Islamic Republic under Khomeini by following a family's life. I wanted a greater understanding of the Moslem way of life and this book was able to do that for me.
Except, things start changing. Aqa Jaan's nephew Shahbal, with permission, smuggles a television into the house so that Aqa Jaan and the imam can watch the moon landing. The nephew argues that the imam needs to keep in touch with the world, even if those landing on the moon are the Americans, and a television is part of the suspect civilization that the Shah is imposing on his people.
In the second half of the novel, the consequences of political unrest in Iran, both before and after the revolution of 1978-79 are being felt. Small changes at first, but then the fall of the Shah and the return of the Ayatollah destroy the established order of the house of the mosque. The world turns upside down: Shahbal backs the Islamic revolution, while Aqa Jaan's other nephew, Nosrat, a westernised film-maker, becomes a member of Khomeini's inner circle. Nothing seems predictable.
This is a complex novel, but not difficult to read.Read more ›
Part of book is not my story, but the story of old fashioned family in a small religious town. Very easy to follow (at least for me as an Iranian girl) and many of the things that happens in the book, has happened in Iran. I, myself think it was somhow a true story! I can imagine myself in the place.
It shows how religion is being paled since Islamic revolousion in Iran.
It shows why people like me moved from country and why I am so against any religion!
Huis van de moskee (or House of the Mosque as it is called in English) is not just about the mosque or about islam. It is a story about the Iranian people during the times of the pro-american Sjah (king), the extremist regime of ayatollah Komeini and the years that followed thereafter. It is a beautifully written book about love, about life, about culture and religion and about humanity, or the lack thereof.
In 2005, this book was voted the second best book ever in Dutch literature, after De ontdekking van de hemel (The discovery of heaven) by Harry Mulisch, by the Dutch critics and readers. I have read both and I can only say this: Het huis van de moskee is the most intense book I have read in my native language. I loved every letter of it. I was swept away to another land, with another culture and I felt I was part of it. It felt like I breathed the same air as the Iranian people, saw the mosque as they did, attended the morning and evening prayers at the mosque and listened to the imams as they preached words of god, words of peace and words of hate. It felt like I too, was part of the struggles that ensued and the hardships these people endured. And in the end, the final 3 pages of the book, I was shocked by the letter that a man called Aga Djan got from a boy named Shahbal whom he had not heard from in years. I do not want to discover heaven, I want to live in the house of the mosque.
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A great read and insight into a period in the history of Iran.Published 1 month ago by teresa waterford
3.5 Stars! It is a simple but yet wonderful story; however there were certain things with it that made me not like it as much as I should have. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Sahar
Kader Abdolah is a wonderful story teller. I can easily imagine sitting around a fire with a group of listeners while Kader captivates us with his tale; he is one of those magical... Read morePublished 14 months ago by diane spalsbury
Set in Senejan, a village in central Iran from 1950 to the 1980s, The House of the Mosque is about a 35-room mansion occupied by generations of a family who serve the mosque. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Martina A. Nicolls
Opening in 1950, in the city of Senejan, this story tells the recent history of Iran by following a fictional extended family through the years and the impact that politics had on... Read morePublished 18 months ago by sally tarbox
This story is a history lesson of Iran disguised as a story. I liked it best when the author lost himself in the storytelling more than the history. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by C. J. Pendergraft