Musings of a فارسی learner: Tray beating? →
persianmusings: Sometimes Persian learners forget if a word ends with an ee sound or eh sound. Sometimes it doesn’t matter and people can figure out what you’re trying to say. Sometimes they can’t. One of the great Ashura traditions is chest beating. When you’re discussing events of the day make sure you don’t mistake سینه for سینی … otherwise you’re going to get some pretty weird looks. Me:...
Anonymous asked: Can you give me a run-down on the status of Jews in Qajar Iran? I've heard drastically different opinions about it, most using Allahdad as an example that life for Iranian Jews was terrible until the Pahlavis. Thank you!
If you google “Qajars,” whoweretheqajars should be your 3rd result! WHOA. If you google “Qajar,” however, this blog is nowhere to be found.
hyperboreanhorror asked: I've been following for a while - I started a new account but before I was abysstriumphant and I always checked your blog out regularly - the only blog on tumblr that I would check out who wasn't a friend of mine. Just wanted to tell you I really appreciate it a lot and your posts. Cheers. - Kaveh
hkubra replied to your post: Hello, you seem to have a lot of knowledge on the Qajar era :) As I’m sure you’re well aware, homosexuality was well accepted and celebrated in Qajar Iran, up to the late/mid 1800’s before western-learned homophobia reared its ugly head. I was wondering what resources you had or were aware of about the subject? I only have one book by Janet Afary haha. Thanks! One...
alborzka asked: Hello, you seem to have a lot of knowledge on the Qajar era :) As I'm sure you're well aware, homosexuality was well accepted and celebrated in Qajar Iran, up to the late/mid 1800's before western-learned homophobia reared its ugly head. I was wondering what resources you had or were aware of about the subject? I only have one book by Janet Afary haha. Thanks!
Anonymous asked: Do you know where I can watch the last segment from Rachel Maddow?
Rachel Maddow, lay off Iran's Holidays
Yesterday on her April 11th show, Rachel Maddow produced a segment in which she draws shaky correlations between holidays and dictatorships. By presenting the US as the baseline with 10 federal holidays, she goes on to critique Iran and North Korea for having “too many days off.” The introduction of her segment comes off as bitter, annoyed that she didn’t have more vacation...
Excuse me while I move out of Qajar Issues for two...
First, an article by Shirin Sadeghi on Rachel Maddow’s bit yesterday. Second post, my reaction, which I wrote at 3am last night after watching the piece.
Anonymous asked: In all Qajar era pictures the goodlooking people are in the background as slaves and attendants and the ugliest people imaginable are " beautiful princesses" LOL. Thank God for Western imperialism to straighten out Iranian beauty standards.
teeeems asked: I love that urdu is so closely tied to farsi. like I feel closer 2u for some reason. *gush*.
Anonymous asked: Russian impact on Persian cuisine: don't forget the samovar, pirashki, and salad oliviyeh!
Russians were a big deal in Iran.
The Russian sphere of influence during the 19th century left its mark on Persian cuisine: beef “es-tro-ga-naf” (stroganoff) is a common dish in parts of Iran today.
globalwarmist asked: Beeta! Nouruz Mobarak :)
Anonymous asked: Hi! I was wondering if you could tell me something about women in the Qajar period, were they involved in women's activism in the public? Or did they have very little rights? Thank you!
Anonymous asked: Can you please discuss the role of the 'ulema under Qajar rule? And how the Pahlavi consolidation of power over the independence of the 'ulema was one of the causes of the 1979 revolution?
Anonymous asked: Lame question: Are you actually in support of the Qajars?
Anonymous asked: It seems like there were close ties between the peoples of the subcontinent and Iran before the Pahlavi Era. Care to theorize what it was about the Pahlavis that caused these relations to diminish??