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Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard

A Journey Through the Inside-Out Worlds of Iran and Afghanistan

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Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah's Beard by Nicholas Jubber
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An engrossing blend of travel writing and history, Drinking Arak off an Ayatollahs Beard traces one mans adventure-filled journey through todays Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, and describes his remarkable attempt to make sense of the present by delving into the past. Setting out to gain insight into the lives of Iranians and Afghans today, Nicholas Jubber is surprised to uncover the legacy of a vibrant pre-Islamic Persian culture that has endured even in times of the most fanatic religious fundamentalism. Everywhere-from underground dance parties to religious shrines to opium dens-he finds powerful and unbreakable connections to a time when both Iran and Afghanistan were part of the same mighty empire, when the flame of Persian culture lit up the world. Whether through his encounters with poets and cab drivers or run-ins with pleasure daughters and mujahideen, again and again Jubber is drawn back to the eleventh-century Persian epic, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). The poem becomes not only his window into the regions past, but also his link to its tumultuous present, and through it Jubber gains access to an Iran and Afghanistan seldom revealed or depicted: inside-out worlds in which he has tea with a warlord, is taught how to walk like an Afghan, and even discovers, on a night full of bootleg alcohol and dancing, what it means to drink arak off an Ayatollahs beard.

Author Biography

Nicholas Jubber is the author of The Prester Quest, winner of the prestigious Authors Club olman Best Travel Book Award. His writing has appeared in periodicals worldwide. He lives in London.
Release date Australia
May 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16 pages of b/w photos
Imprint
Da Capo Press Inc
Pages
368
Dimensions
154x227x25
ISBN-13
9780306818844
Product ID
3888642

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