Jasmine and the Stars- A Must Read

Fatemeh Keshavarz has just written a book called Jasmine and the Stars: Reading more than Lolita in Tehran.

I don’t own the book-yet but I’ve read through the first couple of chapters and I love it.

her whole motive of this book is to counter what she calls the “New Orientalism”

Orientalism used to be when Westerners would visit the Middle East and come back with stories of how bad it is. The new orientalism is when Middle easterners themselves write these stories and get the sympathy and support of Westerners. They often talk about how oppressive it is or how bad the life there is, and the random Westerner takes them as an authority because they are from those lands. Even though these new orientalists’ stories are true, they often offer a very slanted picture of a particular country. In Fatemeh’s case, she speaks about Iran. She says that books like Reading Lolita in Tehran offer a very slanted picture of her country and she wanted to write one book that is positive about her country.

Here is an interview with the author, Fatemeh Keshavarz.

Buy Jasmine and the Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran.

Finally a positive book about the Middle East.

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2 Comments »

  1. Umm Zaid Said:

    Salaam ‘Alaikum

    Wow sounds interesting. Would that it gets as much publicity as the first book.

  2. Aaminah Said:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Thanks! I read Reading Lolita in Tehran and felt that way about it too. I’m be happpy to read something more positive and inshaAllah balanced.


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