Tehran, Iran: National Dialects and External Services of the Voice and Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1981. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's photo-illustrated paper wraps.
"[I]f the oppressed East and Africa do not become self-reliant, they are doomed to their present plights forever." Iranian book of excerpts from speeches by Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, the first Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, made from the 1960 through the Iranian revolution of 1979. Published two years after the political and religious leader successfully overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty and instated an Islamic Republic, this document is one of many pieces of propaganda produced in the following years. Notably, 1981 was the year that 52 US citizens and diplomats were released after having been held hostage since 1979, after a group of militarized Iranian college students took over the US Embassy in Tehran during the beginning of the Iranian Revolution. "Down with America" (the official translation of the popular Farsi chant "Death to America") was the rallying cry shouted outside the embassy until November 4, 1979, the day the Iranian Hostage Crisis commenced. (Iranian officials assert the phrase should be interpreted as "death to U.S. policies and arrogance," rather than an incitement to commit violence against American people.) Text in 13 languages (Farsi, Arabic, Pushtu, Urdu, Turkish, Northern Kurdish, Armenian, Russian, English, French, and Spanish). Illustrated throughout with black-and-white documentary photos. Spine-ends and corners lightly rubbed. Very good. Scarce. Item #4101