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Leaving Iran

Between Migration and Exile (Our Lives: Diary, Memoir, and Letters Series)

Farideh Goldin


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In 1976, at the age of twenty-three, Farideh Goldin left Iran in search of her imagined America. Meanwhile, the political unrest in Iran intensified and in 1979, Farideh’s family was forced to flee Iran on the last El-Al flight to Tel Aviv. Farideh's father was a well-respected son of the chief rabbi and dayan of the Jews of Shiraz. During his last visit to the US in 2006, he handed Farideh his memoir chronicalling  his life after exile: the confiscation of his passport when he returned to Iran for his belongings, the years of loneliness as he struggled against a hostile bureaucracy to return to his wife and family in Israel, and the eventual loss of the poultry farm that had supported his family. Leaving Iran knits together Farideh's story of dislocation and loss with her own experience as an Iranian Jew in a newly adopted home.

Athabasca University Press, 9781771991377, 320pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 2016

About the Author

Born in Shiraz, Iran to a family of dayanim, Farideh Goldin now lives in Virginia and is the director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University. Her first memoir, Wedding Song: Memoirs of an Iranian Jewish Woman was published in 2003.