"Daughter of Persia" by Sattareh Farman Farmaian.

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Daughter of Persia

1.) Farman Farmaian, Sattareh with Munker, Dona. Daughter of Persia (New York: Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1992)

2.) Sattareh Farman Farmaian's book Daughter of Persia, is an autobiographical account of Farman Farmaian's life and the development of and politics in Iran from the end of the 19th century through the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970's. Sattareh Farman Farmaian was born in Iran (formally known as Persia) into an aristocratic and wealthy Iranian family who gave Reza Khan Shah his start in the military. Her life and her family's life were always at the forefront of major political happenings in Iran throughout the twentieth century. Farman Farmaian traveled to the United States after World War II and earned a Master's degree in social work from the University of Southern California in 1948. She worked for a time as a social worker in Los Angeles and then returned to Iran to found and run the Tehran School of Social Work in 1958, the first school of social work ever in that country.

Farman Farmaian ran the school and introduced the field of social work to Iran until 1979 at which time Islamic revolutionaries forced her from the country on the pretext that she had been maliciously infected by western influence and Israel and was actually bringing harm to the newly founded Islamic republic of Iran. She worked for a time in the United Kingdom, but returned to the United States and has lived and worked here since.

3.) Sattareh Farman Farmaian started to write Daughter of Persia as a short book of memoirs. Dona Munker saw the manuscript and urged Farman Farmaian to expand the book into something that would help Americans understand Iran and all that has happened there politically in this century. Because...