Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle (Dimyonot) (Hardcover)

Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle (Dimyonot) By Hassan Sarbakhshian, Lior B. Sternfeld, Parvaneh Vahidmanesh Cover Image

Jews of Iran: A Photographic Chronicle (Dimyonot) (Hardcover)


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This book reveals one of the most beautiful and complicated untold stories of our time.

Westerners often imagine Jews in Iran as a captive and oppressed community, alienated within their home nation yet restricted from leaving it. The reality is much more complex. Jews of Iran is a photographic journey through twenty-first-century Iran, providing a unique view of the country's Jewish community in situations typically unknown to the Western world. Photojournalist Hassan Sarbakhshian spent two years living among Iran's Jewish communities, joining them for holidays, family gatherings, and travels, and--with the help of fellow journalist Parvaneh Vahidmanesh--documenting how they lived. Moving beyond the well-known state and regional confrontations, the photos that Sarbakhshian took tell a broader story about a community of people who live in the figurative and literal middle. They are Iranian nationals by birth and by choice, and they are Jews by religious affiliation. Full loyalty to their country is expected, even as their ancestral homeland is at odds with their political homeland. This photographic chronicle illuminates the grey zone that they inhabit.

Featuring over one hundred full-color photos, contextualized with extensive annotations, and accompanied by a substantive introduction written by historian Lior B. Sternfeld, Jews of Iran calls into question Western views of this religious community.

Hassan Sarbakhshian has thirty years of experience in journalism, television production, and photojournalism. He began his journalism career at Voice of America in Washington, DC. His photographs have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and other international newspapers and magazines. Lior B. Sternfeld is Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies at The Pennsylvania State University and the author of Between Iran and Zion: Jewish Histories of Twentieth-Century Iran. Parvaneh Vahidmanesh has seventeen years of experience in journalism inside and outside of Iran. She is currently a broadcast journalist at Radio Free Europe's Persian service in Prague.
Product Details ISBN: 9780271092645
ISBN-10: 0271092645
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication Date: September 6th, 2022
Pages: 128
Language: English
Series: Dimyonot