Other Resources

Recommended Reading:

  • "Iran - Pick & Mix Chapters" is a good thing to start with. It will give you a real image of the country and a point to start.
  • "Tehran Today" is another good book, by a local publisher; Gita-Shenasi. It gives a good and update view of Tehran.
  • “In the Land of the Ayatollahs Tupac Shakur is King: Reflections from Iran and the Arab World”, by Shahzad Aziz, combines travelogue and humour in its often insightful observations of the modern Middle East.
  • “Neither East Nor West”, by Christiane Bird, is an American woman’s sometimes painfully honest account of her travels in Iran, and does a decent job of getting behind the veil.
  • “Persia Through Writers' Eyes”, edited by David Blow, gathers together some of the best descriptive writing about Iran from throughout history. Extracts from works by Herodotus, Xenophon, Freya Stark, Robert Byron, John Chardin, Isabella Bird and EG Browne, among others, make this like a sample bag of largely hard-to-find works.
  • “Searching for Hassan”, by Terence Ward, recounts the author’s return to Iran with his family in search of Hassan, the family’s 1960s housekeeper. However, looking for Hassan is really a subplot to a revealing look at the history and culture of Iran. Some have criticised Ward’s soft approach to the Islamic government.
  • “The Road to Oxiana”, by Robert Byron, is a classic. A vividly observed travel diary of the author’s 1930s passage from England to Afghanistan via Iran. Famous for its descriptive prose and often biting sketches of local people, its tone can verge uncomfortably close to racism by today’s standards.

Proof that travel makes us happier !

Recommended Films:

  • “Children of Heaven” 1998 - Directed by Majid Majidi
  • “A Separation” 2011 - Directed by Asghar Farhadi - Received an Oscar nomination and won the award.
  • “The Color of Paradise” 1999 - Directed by Majid Majidi
  • “About Elly...” 2009 – Directed by Asghar Farhadi
  • “The Song of Sparrows” 2008- Directed by Majid Majidi
  • “Today” 2014 – Directed by Reza Mirkarimi
  • “A Cube of Sugar” was selected as the Iranian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards.