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Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman (HBI Series on Jewish Women)

Goldin, Farideh

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ISBN 10: 1584653442 / ISBN 13: 9781584653448
Published by Brandeis, 2003
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Inscribed and SIGNED by Farideh Golden on the half title page. The volume has a hint of a spine lean. The unclipped dust jacket, sleeved in mylar, is very lightly edge worn. Bookseller Inventory # 15111024

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Title: Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish ...

Publisher: Brandeis

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near fine

Signed: Signed

Edition: First Edition.

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Farideh Goldin was born to her 15-year-old mother in 1953 and into a Jewish community living in an increasingly hostile Isalmic state - pre-revolutionary Iran. This memoir recounts Goldin's childhood in a poor Jewish household in Shiraz, a southern Iranian city, and her emigration to the United States in 1975. As she recalls trips to the market and the mikvah and as she evokes ritual celebrations like weddings, Goldin chronicles her childhood, her extended family and the lives of the women in her community. Her memoir details her parents' "courtship" (her father selected her mother from a group of adolescent girls), her mother's lonely life as a child-bride and Goldin's childhood home which was presided over by her paternal grandmother. Goldin's memoir conveys not just the personal trauma of growing up in a family fraught with discord but also the tragic human costs of religious dogmatism. In Goldin's experience, Jewish fundamentalism was intensified by an Islamic context. Although the Muslims were antagonistic to Jews, their views on women's roles and their treatment of women influenced the attitude and practices of some Iranian Jews. In this brave and dispassionate portrayal of a little-known corner of Jewish life, Farideh Goldin confronts profound sadness yet captures the joys of a child's wonder as she savours the scenes and textures and scents of Jewish Iran.

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