Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. The book has spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Azar Nafisi’s new book, Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories, a memoir about her mother, was published in January 2009.
Azar Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the executive director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC, where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. Azar Nafisi held a fellowship at Oxford University, teaching and conducting a series of lectures on culture and the important role of Western literature and culture in Iran after the revolution in 1979. She has taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabaii.
The Secretary's programs lack the necessary depth to be effective, Nafisi says.
The West should be fighting extremist ideology.
Azar Nafisi on Iranian culture being more poetry than sharia.
They aren't identical, Nafisi says.
Even if you don't agree with her views, Nafisi says, Hirsi Ali should not have to fear for her life for expressing them.
Nafisi's passion was always literature. Religion was an externally imposed reality.
Nafisi isn't making up the facts, she says.
It is not women who make a big deal out of the hijab, Nafisi says. It is the Islamists.