By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as an excellent secret agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide most sensible Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds what no different prior CIA operative's memoir very likely may well: the interior workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed via an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yank govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kin and friendships torn aside via a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 youth friends through the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man's decades-long dedication to steer a surprising double existence informing at the liked kingdom of his delivery, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but in its place governed through murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded through his close-knit relations and lively boyhood buddies. The Iran of his early life allowed Reza to imagine and act freely, or even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks within the face of the neighborhood mullahs. His political and private freedoms flourished whereas he studied desktop technological know-how on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA used to be minimize brief with the surprising dying of his father, and Reza back domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of switch. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of spiritual fundamentalism lower than the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and phone of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies opened up, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed within Evin felony, a shattered and dissatisfied Reza back to the United States to dangerously turn into "Wally," a undercover agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time whilst Iran's nuclear software holds the world's fearful consciousness, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim important time together with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from heritage with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers important info from the Iran-Iraq struggle, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and extra . . . a sequence of awesome occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The 2011 overseas e-book Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and top New Non-Fiction. It used to be additionally the winner of The nationwide most sensible Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and venerated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" classification. It is now a part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The chief in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY used to be selected because the e-book of the Month for January 2011 by means of the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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As we have seen above, anthropologists who worked on Muslim societies needed to reclaim their challenged anthropological identity. 8 However, he has reclaimed his anthropological identity through the father of segmentary lineage theory, Evans-Pritchard (1940 and 1949), of whom Gellner felt to be a faithful disciple. Segmentary theory, just to summarize in very few simple words,9 suggests that families in rural and tribal societies form ties that are segmented in different group sharing interests (such as land or a herd together).
Geertz’s Islam Observed (1968) delivered the kiss that awakened the sleeping beauty. For the ﬁrst time, an inﬂuential anthropologist wrote a work featuring the word ‘Islam’ in its title. Geertz’s book inspired new generations of anthropologists, who redirected their attention to Islam as religion rather than to kinship, marriages and village rural life (Fernea and Malarkey 1975). During the middle of the 1970s, some scholars started to question the new ﬁeld and its achievement. One of these ﬁrst reviews compared studies on the Middle East within the different ethnographic schools, such as French Ethnologie, British social anthropology and American cultural anthropology.
Subsequent critical reviews, though still focusing on MENA and only marginally referring to an anthropology of Islam, have at least forecasted the possibility of a brighter future for the anthropology of Islam4. From Studying Islam to Studying Muslims 35 Beyond these few reviews on the ethnographic works of the Middle East and Northern Africa, no scholar has provided a critical study tracing the development of the anthropology of Islam. However, Varisco has rightly observed (2005: 135–6) that perhaps there is no need, Imagine the absurdity of writing an anthropology of Christianity by tracing all the ethnography conducted in ‘Christian’ contexts.
A Time to Betray: The Astonishing Double Life of a CIA Agent Inside the Revolutionary Guards of Iran by Reza Kahlili