Farian Sabahi has taught “L’évolution politique et sociale en Iran dès 1890” and “L’Iran à travers son cinema at the University of Geneva” and “Middle East: History, Religion and Politics” at the Bocconi University in Milan. An editorialist for the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, she also writes about Islamic issues for the cultural pages of the Sole24Ore. She has written numerous books on Iran and Yemen. In 2010 she was awarded the Amalfi Prize, Mediterranean section, and in 2011 she received the Torino Libera Prize commemorating Valdo Fusi.
Written and interpreted by Farian Sabahi, We, the Women of Tehran – written in the first person from a female standpoint – illustrates the origins of the Iranian capital and its contradictions, and the rights of religious minorities and women. It showcases women who have played a leading role in various fields, including sports, although all too often they have simply been an element in the propaganda of the regime. This is an animated reading with verses by the great Persian poets and a hefty dose of irony, as a way to smile about complex issues and demolish common stereotypes.
“As the mystic Rumi said, ‘The truth was a mirror in the hands of God. It fell and broke into pieces. Everybody took a piece of it, and they looked at it and thought they had the truth.’ If truth is a mirror broken into pieces, in these pages I have given you only one fragment. The fragment of my Tehran.”