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Crowning Anguish

Taj Al-Saltanah

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Paperback. 244 pages. Dimensions: 9.3in. x 6.2in. x 0.6in.The life of Taj al-Saltana, daughter of the ruler of Iran, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, epitomized the predicaments of her changing era. Overcoming her limited edu-cation within the harem walls, Taj chronicled a thirty-year span in the life of a generation that witnessed a shift from traditional order to revolutionary flux. It is as though she had chosen this moment to recall her personal history--a tale filled with wonder and anguish--in order to record a cultural and political leap, symbolic of her time, from the indulgent, sheltered, and often petty world of her fathers harem to the puzzling and exposed, yet emotionally and intellectually challenging world of a new Iran. Now almost one hundred years later Tajs memoirs are relevant and qualify her not only as a feminist by her societys standards but also in comparison with feminists of her generation in Europe and America. Beyond her fascination for the material glamors of the West at the turn of the twentieth century--fashion, architecture, furniture, the motorcar--she was also influenced by Western cul-tures painting, music, history, literature and language. And yet throughout this time she kept her bond with her own literary and cultural heritage and what she calls her Persianness. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780934211369

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Title: Crowning Anguish

Publisher: Mage Publishers

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Book Type: Paperback

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The life of Taj al-Saltana, daughter of the ruler of Iran, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, epitomized the predicaments of her changing era. Overcoming her limited edu-cation within the harem walls, Taj chronicled a thirty-year span in the life of a generation that witnessed a shift from traditional order to revolutionary flux. It is as though she had chosen this moment to recall her personal history--a tale filled with "wonder and anguish"--in order to record a cultural and political leap, symbolic of her time, from the indulgent, sheltered, and often petty world of her father's harem to the puzzling and exposed, yet emotionally and intellectually challenging world of a new Iran. Now almost one hundred years later Taj's memoirs are relevant and qualify her not only as a feminist by her society's standards but also in comparison with feminists of her generation in Europe and America. Beyond her fascination for the material glamors of the West at the turn of the twentieth century--fashion, architecture, furniture, the motorcar--she was also influenced by Western cul-ture's painting, music, history, literature and language. And yet throughout this time she kept her bond with her own literary and cultural heritage and what she calls her "Persianness."

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Abbas Amanat is Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of "Resurrection and Renewal: The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran, 1844-1850" (1989) and the editor of "Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian Princess from the Harem to Modernity, 1884-1914" (1993).

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