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A Rare Glimpse Inside A Zoroastrian Temple In New York

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion

Members of one of the world's oldest religions have built a new spiritual home in suburban New York. The Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Tem...

Hardly A Purr-Fect Price - 5 Most Expensive Cat Breeds In The World

Michael Lazar | Posted 03.03.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

What are the most expensive cat breeds in the world? You might be surprised by the answers. We already covered the most expensive dog in the world (we...

Why It Is Important to Write in Your Mother-Tongue

Haroon Khalid | Posted 02.22.2016 | Education
Haroon Khalid

There was a law in our primary school. Anyone who spoke in Urdu was fined Rs 5. Teacher's pets would sniff around the entire day smelling for potentia...

Why Paris Matters

Touraj Daryaee | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Touraj Daryaee

We, like many others, have a love affair with Paris. Many people in the world in fact have the same love affair and so that is why an attack on Paris matters more than any other single city in the world.

'Nuqat' Dots the Art, Culture and Design Landscape

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 11.28.2015 | Arts
Magda Abu-Fadil

They're funky, they're traditional, they're 30-somethings, they're Nuqat (dots), and they're taking the Arab Gulf's art, culture and design scene by storm from Kuwait.

Iran's Honor System Nuke Deal Solves A Problem But Begs A Question

William Bradley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Let's not kid ourselves. The deal with Iran that President Barack Obama so proudly announced on Tuesday does not prevent the Islamic Republic from becoming a nuclear power. Far from it. The unasked, and unanswered, question in all the predictable hubbub and blather is how much that matters.

Save Palmyra From ISIS's Rampage

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Raza Rumi

The Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery have placed on view a relic from ancient Palmyra in Syria. In addition, the galleries are displaying images of 18th century engravings and 19th century photographs from its archives.

Passover Persian Style

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.31.2015 | Los Angeles
Dora Levy Mossanen

Family, friends, and loud children begin to trickle in; delicious waves of gossip swell and spread. Compliments sprinkle around like sugarcoated almonds. "What a sumptuous spread." "You look more beautiful than the full moon." "How in the world do you manage?"

On International Women's Day, A History of Lilith. Was She a Demon or the First Feminist We Know?

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Dora Levy Mossanen

My Lilith revealed herself when I immigrated to America and decided to go back to school as a married woman and a mother of young kids, when I became a writer and began creating strong willed female characters with big dreams and the courage to realize these dreams, despite the many obstacles they encountered on their way.

Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Moore

We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.

Appropriate Behavior Writer/Director/Star Opens Up About Being a Bisexual Filmmaker

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Desiree Akhavan's first feature film, Appropriate Behavior, written and directed by and starring Akhavan, is generating major buzz. Akhavan was kind enough to make time to sit down with me on the day of her premiere at Lincoln Center. It's safe to say I don't think I've ever laughed this much during an interview.

Revolt and Unity Under the Chuppah

Rachel Wahba | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rachel Wahba

Coming from a Middle Eastern Orthodox heritage, and insulated from lesbian and gay communities, it takes a rebellion to change age-old customs. Rabbi Wolpe took the chance. He risked losing up to half of his Persian congregants. The financial loss would have been substantial, and the split painful.

Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.04.2015 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The New World Encyclopedia offers interesting background information on Byblos. Other publications and websites also cover its rich history. But visiting Byblos is a sure way of appreciating its heritage.

The Ripple Effect of You...

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 09.24.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Dennis Merritt Jones

Have you ever thought of yourself as a pebble? Metaphorically speaking, on the "pond of life" that is exactly what you are when you consider those who are affected by the ripple effect of your thoughts, deeds, and actions.

On Being a Foreign Correspondent

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 09.04.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Rachele Kanigel's "10 Tips for Training the Next Generation of Foreign Correspondents" immediately drew my attention but her headline didn't quite mat...

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

DARYA Serving Superb Persian Cuisine at South Coast Plaza!

Jay Weston | Posted 03.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Mention the word "Persian," and I immediately think of the Middle Eastern nation (Iran) of 77 million people, home of the world's oldest civilization ...

What The Hell Is Persian Food? Here Are The Dishes You Should Know

Thrillist | Posted 02.25.2014 | Taste
Thrillist

Here are the dishes that every Persian knows and loves, so you can learn them.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's Bad Week On Twitter Gets NSFW

Andrew Hart | Posted 10.16.2013 | World

What interest would the prime minister of Israel, a man frequently critical of Iran, have in the Twitter account of an Iranian sex literature library?...

On Being Persian

Gina Nahai | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Gina Nahai

Why do they call themselves Persian? The first time someone asked me this was on Harvest Day at my kids' school. I had just been introduced to a blo...

A Shahnameh Fit for the Ages: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Omid Memarian | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Omid Memarian

In the history of literature, Shahnameh stands next to the giants of mythological tales like Gilgamesh and The Odyssey. In an interview with Hamid Rahmanian, he explains its significance, its parallels to today's Iran, and the artistic significance of his illustrations and the book as a whole.

America Meets and Greets the World... in Mississippi!

Saul Gitlin | Posted 07.29.2013 | World
Saul Gitlin

Established by the federal government in 2002, The Language Flagship is, today, a national network of 26 intensive programs located at 22 academic institutions and 10 overseas centers.

Sunday Brunch: Eggplant Kuku

Nik Sharma | Posted 08.31.2012 | Taste
Nik Sharma

What makes this delicious kuku different from other stuffed egg casserole dishes, is that it uses a little lime juice, flour, and baking soda. This is definitely one of my new top additions to my weekend brunch menu and I think you might want to add it to yours!

The Shahs of Seacrest

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Shirin Sadeghi

Iranian Americans now know what Italian Americans felt when Jersey Shore hit the scene. Ryan Seacrest has compiled a less-than-impressive sample of one of America's most highly educated and financially successful minorities, to showcase the cosmetically-altered soul of Tehrangeles.

The War on Iranian New Year

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.19.2012 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

If you understood Nowruz, you would understand the people of Iran. And you would understand what the economic sanctions, covert operations, and the words -- yes, the words -- of war are doing to a people on the brink of renewal.