All posts tagged: Iran

Aga Khan Museum

After 4 years of talking, somewhat planning, driving by it, my mom and I finally went to Aga Khan Museum as part of her birthday weekend activities. This 4-year-old museum is a modern marvel to be experienced; with beautiful architecture and outdoor grounds, filled with the hope of opening a window in to the unfamiliar world of Muslim civilizations.   As an Iranian, it’s always fantastic to walk thru a museum and read the description of an exhibit only to find out that the item was made in Iran and has inspired generations of people across not only the Muslim world (Which was huge!) but all across the world for centuries. If you don’t believe me check out some of the ancient books on display by Avicenna. His “The Book of Healing” was used in universities to train doctor’s for centuries. We’re talking about 6 or 7 centuries! Check out this map that shows how far spread the Muslim world was to both east and west throughout the centuries. I digress, the Museum has a great in-house …

Why can’t TV writers check their facts!

I’m in the middle of watching an episode of CSI: Miami called “dishonor” and as a Persian woman I’m angry at the writer(s) for this episode. This episode involves a persian family whose daughter goes against the will of her father to go through an arranged marriage and finds herself a boyfriend whom she’s in love with. When she broke the news to her family, her dad, completely lost it and went on a rage wanting to remind her of her obligations and how she had shamed her family with running off with some random guy. Meanwhile the guy she was promised to is absolutely fine with the whole thing and basically says, she’s free of her obligations as long as she’s happy with the new guy. But a few hours later, the father is found burnt to a crisp in the boyfriend’s home and the young couple are arrested by the cops at the bus station. After all the CSI work everyone found out the girl’s mother burnt the dad so she could protect …