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Manijeh Nasrabadi


Inheriting More than Loss

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Siamak Vossoughi, Better Than War. Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 2015. [Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction] What is it like to grow up in a country that routinely threatens to wage war on the place you are from? What happens to your sense of your self in the world? The Iranian immigrants in Siamak Vossoughi’s short story collection Better Than War become Iranian American in the context of looming US military intervention in Iran, ...

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Shaking Up Expectations: The Boundless New Horizons of Iranian American Literature

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Tremors: New Fiction by Iranian American Writers. Edited by Anita Amirrezvani and Persis Karim. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2013. Iranian American literature has been caught in a representational bind, one that is overdetermined by the fraught relationship between Iran and the United States. Is it the writer’s job to challenge stereotypes about Iran and Iranians, to educate American readers about Iran as an act of literary diplomacy? Or are we to write ...

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Iran and the US Anti-War Movement

[Iranian woman protester during the Green Movement, adapted for the Occupy Movement. Image by lmnopie, via Occupy Design.]

[This article is based on a talk given at the United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC) Conference on 24 March 2012 in Stamford, Connecticut. It was part of a workshop called, “Solidarity Not Intervention,” organized by Raha Iranian Feminist Collective. Just before this workshop, the conference overwhelmingly voted down a resolution put forward by Raha and Havaar: Iranian Initiative Against War, Sanctions, and State Repression that read: “We oppose war and sanctions against ...

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Letter from Tehran

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[This interview was conducted in Tehran by Manijeh Nasrabadi of the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective one year after the green uprising. For more from the Raha Iranian Feminist Collective, see their "Essential Readings: Iran"] On June 12, 2010, the tense one-year anniversary of the post-election uprising that made the color green an international symbol of a people’s democratic aspirations, hundreds of special security forces stood shoulder to shoulder along ...

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Manijeh Nasrabadi


Manijeh Nasrabadi received her PhD in American Studies from New York University in 2014 and is currently a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at UC Davis. Her current research focuses on the transnational Iranian student movement against the Shah and the cross-pollination of Iranian radicals with the US Third World Left. She is the former co-director of the Association of Iranian American Writers and received an MFA in creative nonfiction from Hunter College, City University of New York in 2007. Her essays and articles have appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, Comparative Studies of South Asian, Africa, and the Middle East, Social Text online, Jadaliyya,, and Callaloo.