Summary: Kauffman tells stories of his encounters with Iranians, their culture, and their politics, to give witness to ways walls can break down when the stories, culture, and history of others are attended to.
Comment: “Kauffman's book is much more than a travelogue. The story of his visit to Iran is interspersed with helpful background information on the country's history and culture. He examines controversial issues with thoughtfulness and an open mind, blind neither to Iran's problems nor its virtues. An American in Persia is ideal for anyone seeking not only knowledge of Iran but also a personal glimpse of its multifaceted and vibrant society.” —Laurie Blanton Pierce, Author, What Is Iran, a book commissioned by Mennonite Central Committee
offers a rare and penetrating portrait of an ancient and proud land,
and a people who are surprisingly friendly toward Americans. The book
features gorgeous photographs that capture the dignity and grace of
ordinary Iranians and depict the beauty of an unknown country. A must
for all who want to build understanding and friendship with people our
government would have us consider enemies.” —David Cortright, Kroc Institute
for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
“Jesus asks us to love God, to love our neighbor, and to love our enemy. Richard’s experience in Iran is a good story of how to do all three.” —Arli Klassen, Executive Director, Mennonite Central Committee, in the Foreword
“Americans aren’t supposed to talk to Iranians. Thank God Richard Kauffman is a Mennonite and thus open to God turning enemies into friends. This book had me transfixed—and deepened the mystery of the meaning of words like American, Iranian, and ultimately, Christian.” —Jason Byassee, Executive Director, Leadership Education, Duke Divinity
Market: Anyone interested in Iran, Christian-Muslim relations, and American-Iranian relations.
exchange; Christian-Muslim relations; American-Iranian relations;
Travel. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 431 History/World; 690 Religion/Ethics
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