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Persian Culture

The U.S. Best Selling Poet ... Is a Persian!

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts
Kourosh Ziabari

For those who are not closely familiar with the history of what is called the Middle East today, "Persia" mostly sounds like a weird and eccentric name that has to be looked for in the encyclopedias and textbooks.

Why Iran Should Gear Up for a "Tsunami" of Tourists

Kourosh Ziabari | Posted 10.22.2015 | Travel
Kourosh Ziabari

I think there's nothing to stop Western tourists from backpacking and booking their flights to Tehran, and I'm convinced the Iranian vice-president didn't exaggerate when he said the country should brace for a tourists "tsunami."

The Bata Shoe Museum In Toronto Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 09.05.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I admit to being a museum aficionado, particularly art and cultural emporiums that showcase quality and extraordinary examples of art forms and repr...

Tehran Becomes Giant Open-Air Art Gallery

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.08.2015 | World

The daily commute for many residents of Tehran, Iran, has gotten a little brighter -- a much more cultural. The city's mayor had 1,500 billboards,...

Persian Feast With Shiva Rose

Golriz Moeini | Posted 05.21.2014 | Style
Golriz Moeini

A charming afternoon I spent at at my remarkable girlfriend Shiva Rose's house, where we dove in and made a tasty Persian feast together for her unp...

When a Poem Comes Their Way: Celebrating the Humanities

Fatemeh Keshavarz | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Fatemeh Keshavarz

Teaching lyrics of mystical love to a class of healthy inquisitive minds reminds one that these texts are about confronting who we are and what makes our lives meaningful.

How Barbra Streisand's Manicure Made an Impact on My Life

Samira Asemanfar | Posted 07.08.2012 | Style
Samira Asemanfar

But there are those of us who end up learning the tools to turning this crazy fixation on beauty into more than just a mindless addiction. So, I went about my way starting Bellacures to tend to one's hands, feet and ultimately, heart.

'Shahs Of Sunset': Asa Explains Her Creation, Diamond Water

Posted 05.25.2012 | TV

As "Shahs of Sunset" (Sun., 10 p.m. ET on Bravo) continues, fans are starting to gain a better understanding of the complexities of these characters. ...

The Persian Conundrum

Maryam Zar | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Maryam Zar

We are part of a growing community from Iran that have embraced unmistakably secular lives. Yet, we are labeled as Muslim, though we know little about the religion and celebrate no part of it.

Indo-American Arts Council Fete Recreates Mughal Court in Manhattan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

The Indo-American Arts Council threw a purposefully decadent, fun-filled party last week for the new book Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema by Ira ...

Why the Mullahs are Un-Iranian: 7 Fatal Flaws

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Ali Binazir

May history prove once again the ascendancy of the Iranian people's will and the triumph of their resilient culture over unjust and unwelcome rulers.

Sheep Heads, Brains And Hooves Are Delicacies In Iran

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Khayyam Street, the entrance to Tehran's grand bazaar, was still covered in darkness. The fluorescent lamp outside the Ali 110 restaurant was a rare b...