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Behzad Yaghmaian

Behzad YaghmaianBehzad Yaghmaian teaches political economy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His books include Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West.

From The Blog
15 January 2018

I first met Omid (not his real name) 15 years ago, when I was conducting field research on Muslim migration. He was born in eastern Tehran in 1973, during the final years of the monarchy. He was a child when his neighbours joined the revolution against the Shah. Ayatollah Khomeini called it a revolt of the ‘barefoot’ masses for bread, freedom and an Islamic Republic, but the bread and freedom didn’t come to Omid’s neighbourhood.

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