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Book Talk: The Heartbeat of Iran

Date & Time

Jun. 4, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am ET


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In today’s interconnected global village, Iran remains a mystery to much of the world—especially to those living in the United States and the West. While the country is often synonymous with rogue behavior on the world stage, there is also another, rarely seen side to this nation of 80 million. The Heartbeat of Iran takes us on an unprecedented journey into everyday life in Iran, where we meet the diverse people who make up the country’s delicate socio-cultural, political, and religious mosaic. Through textured portraits of regular Iranians—from a blind Sunni environmental activist to the gay son of a general — The Heartbeat of Iran reveals intimate stories of people whose dreams and fears mirror that of millions of others worldwide, and who yearn to join an international community that often views them through the blur of a hostile political fog.

MEP hosts author Tara Kangarlou to discuss key themes and lessons from the book with Director Merissa Khurma.  

Hosted By

Middle East Program

The Wilson Center’s Middle East Program serves as a crucial resource for the policymaking community and beyond, providing analyses and research that helps inform U.S. foreign policymaking, stimulates public debate, and expands knowledge about issues in the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  Read more