List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2007-09-15

    Persian Sufi Music by Lian Ensemble

    Vancouver Saturday - September 15, 2007     07:30 PM

    This concert celebrates the leap of faith at the perpetual condition of the human heart in its quest for union with the Divine.Hearts and therefore with all humanity. The foundation of Persian Classical Music in Sufism,an ancient spiritual path to God through the practice of Love.The humanitarian view of Sufism finds powerful expression through the music of Lion Ensemble,and through persian mystical poets such as Rumi and Attar.Lian Ensemble welcomes the listeners to communicate of the unity of Love,which bonds us all to God and to each other,transcending all religious, cultural and national boundaries.

    All proceeds from this benefit concert will be added to CIF's post secondaey scholarship funds.

    Tickets $40.00, $45.00 advance , $55.00 at door

    Centennial Theatre Box Office: 604-984-4484

    Mitra Groceries in West Vancouver: 604-913-0660

    Pars Groceries in North Vancouver: 604-988-3515

    Canadian Iranian Foundation info: 604-696-1121>

    Jasmin and Stars - Discussion and book-signing with the author: Prof. Fatemeh Keshavarz (London)

    Europe - UK Saturday - September 15, 2007     08:30 PM

    Jasmin and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran

    A discussion with the author:

    Prof. Fatemeh Keshavarz

    Fatemeh Keshavarz is a scholar, teacher and poet seeking to change the widespread impression that Iran is a stagnant, joyless society populated only by villains and their victims. In her intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, Jasmine and Stars, she introduces us to two modern Iranian women writers whose experiences and work contrast sharply with mainstream Western notions that Iranian women are a helpless, repressed minority. The book also critiques the recent best-seller “Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books”, by Dr Azar Nafisi, which epitomizes what Keshavarz calls the “New Orientalist narrative,” a view marred by stereotype and prejudice more often tied to current geopolitical conflicts than to any real understanding of Iran. Blending in firsthand glimpses of her own life—from childhood memories in 1960s Shiraz to her present life as a professor in America—Keshavarz shares a timely view of Iran’s cultural depth and intellectual complexity.

    This event is proudly brought to you by Kanoon Towhid - An Iranian student centre in London.

    Date & Time:

    Saturday, 15 September 2007, 8:30 PM


    Kanoon Towhid

    30 - 32 Southerton Road


    London W6 0PH

    The event will conclude by a reading of the book and signed copies will be available for purchase.



    FATEMEH KESHAVARZ is professor of Persian and comparative literature and chair of the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Washington University in St. Louis. She is author of four previous books, including Reading Mystical Lyric: The Case of Jalal Al-Din Rumi and a volume of poetry. Keshavarz was born and raised in the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran.


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