16 Aralık 2008 Salı


abaut angels of tehran


abaut angels of tehran

Even if they were wrapped in satins,
Wore black from head to foot,
No tone of black could veil the souls
Of the angels of Tehran…
They were free, immensely free…
More evil than devil, yet more pure than angels,
In the heaven of Black Eyes were
The angels of Tehran…

You could not have said that a glance cannot be sinful
If you could just see their eyes,
Eyes like gospels inscribed on snake skins…
Holiness over thousands of sins…
Words in their eyes, mutiny in their eyes.
Life began and ended
In the eyes
Of the ANGELS of Tehran…

Some were sultans in gilded palaces,
Some had dreams, more gilded than palaces …
Their honey-colored, arrogant eyes were like inextinguishable fires,
And the smiles in their faces were lies.
Only God heard the repentance of
The angels of Tehran…

One day, she revolted against Bondage
And was thrown in a dungeon.
They whipped her hard on her silk skin…
With tears in her eyes, she was singing,
“Make me cry, it does not matter if I cry tears of blood,
Freedom, if only the day I will be yours would come”, the song
Of the Angels of Tehran…
rabia kazan


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Unfortunately, this book is not a novel. Yes, unfortunately it isn’t a novel, but rather a portrait of the chilling cruelty reminiscent of the middle ages, but occurring in the world of the 21st century. The names, dates, places and dialogues are real.

The women of Iran, who are whipped to death for not covering their heads with a black veil, are sold into one night marriages. Women trafficking, which is known as prostitution all over the world, is carried out by the Iranian government via a religious wedding called "Sige". The woman is forced to sign a nightly or weekly wedding contract in exchange for money. The wedding which involves sexual intercourse is automatically annulled when the time period is up .

This memoir, which tells the unbelievable tragedy of Persian women crying for freedom with their God given beautiful eyes in a poetic language, has become an important source of hope for Iranian women who are resisting against the system. The writer received various threats after her book was published and the Iranian government has put severe pressure on her.

The young Turkish journalist Rabia whose head is covered, is a well-known journalist in her own secular country governed by a Republic. She comes to Tehran to interview Iranian women. However, starting from the first day she arrives, the harsh Iranian regime starts to fling its dreadfulness like a slap on her face.

“Would you marry me for two nights for 500 Dollars?”

During the seventh hour of her arrival, while having dinner at the Marmara Hotel’s restaurant, a 70 year old bearded man sits down at Rabia’s table. The old man starts to speak in Persian. He later opens his wallet, takes out some money, wraps it in a tissue and gives it to Rabia. She doesn’t understand what is happening and asks the waiter for help. The waiter explains in English what the old man wants.

-He wants to marry you for two nights. Is 500 dollars “Mihir” (wedding fee) enough?

The beautiful Rabia becomes furious and runs to the reception desk to try to call the police. She has never been so insulted in all her life. However, the hotel staff pushes Rabia for yelling and scolds her. Such a daily wedding is legal in Iran and men are allowed to have sexual intercourse with women in this way.

Women, who are forced to tightly cover themselves up before entering the public each day, have sex with another man every night through the “Sige Marriage” contract. Then, the next morning, they again cover themselves up. Some women, who can not bear to live this disgraceful life, have secretly become atheists. They have even rebelled against existence of God, because their lives consist only of hypocrisy.

Does the Iranian government, which stones and buries women alive if they have sexual relations without the Sige marriage, without signing a marriage contract in return for money, know that while presenting themselves as the authority of fundamental Islam to the world, they lack humanity?

While the painful cries of Iranian women cannot be heard by the world, torture is on the rise every day. 10 year old girls are taken to police stations and beaten up because of their headscarves. Guards of the Iranian regime throw Nitric Acid into the faces of women for having worn red nail polish.

The rich and powerful circles of Tehran are in a state of mental chaos due to these cruel and primitive sanctions. They have created their own secret world in which they take revenge on the Iranian regime.

High society in Tehran risks death by throwing parties in which alcohol is served. Luxurious, soundproof villas with escape tunnels and special security systems in case of police raids, are chosen for such parties. These parties mimic Hollywood with their wild dances, eroticism and drugs. Despite the knowledge that they will be killed if caught, these people continue to throw these parties of revenge.

Rabia attends one of these parties and secretly records it with her mobile phone. And, thus, her visit to Tehran becomes her Tehran war.

After witnessing such unbelievable brutality, the Turkish Muslim journalist Rabia, recognizes the importance of secularism and a Republican government in Iran and decides to bravely tell the life story of Iranian women to the rest of the world.

Publishing date: 1st press, June 2007
2nd press, June 2007
3rd press, July 2007 Turkey

Author, RABİA Özden Kazan

The book “Angels of Tehran” has been publicized through interviews in Turkey, 50 TV interviews, approximately 200 articles published in the press and 2,000 articles written on the internet.
The book was also proclaimed through the RAİ TV (italy) ,Iranain TV channel “Elalem” and the Arabic written press.