The Daily Persian


Ferdowsi Square, Tehran, Iran (1950’s)

Learning Hebrew and Persian at a school in Tehran, Iran - 1970. 

“The vibrant colors at the bustling market places in Iran will always stay with me. This woman can be seen in front of dried fruits and nuts, known as khoshkbar at Jomeh Bazaar, or the massive market held every Friday in central Tehran.” 

Sara Afzal, Iranian-American
Tehran, Iran; Summer of 2013
Anonymous: As a sunni muslim I really want to visit iran I am fascinated by the culture and the language however people say its risky for a sunni to go there is that true?

No not at all. A lot of Sunnis visit from the surrounding Arab countries especially. We have a considerable amount of Iranian Sunnis (subject to geographical location) and a high number of Afghan Sunnis. We have many Sunni mosques that you would feel comfortable at too and just to mention, Sunni members of parliament. As long as you respect not only the Shia Muslims but the many different faiths they will respect you too. We’re all people just trying to get along. I think it’s wonderful you’d like to go. I think you’ll love it! No one really questions your faith anyway when you enter the country if that’s what you’re worried about. Write me about your experience if you end up going, I’d love to hear. :)

31. August 2014



The Cyclist - 1987, Iranian film written and directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Nasim, a poor Afghan refugee in Iran, gives a demonstration in his town’s square where he rides his bicycle without stopping for seven days and seven nights, with the aim of raising money for life-saving surgery for his dying wife. In the end, even after seven days, he continues to pedal endlessly, too fatigued to hear his son’s and the crowd’s pleas to get off his bicycle.

بای سیکل‌ران فیلمی است به نویسندگی و کارگردانی محسن مخملباف که در سال ۱۳۶۷ در ایران به نمایش درآمد

فیلم داستان مردی افغان به نام نسیم است که برای تامین هزینه بیمارستان همسرش کاری پیدا نمی‌کند و سرانجام سوژه یک شرط‌بندی درباره توانایی او برای رکاب زدن دوچرخه می‌شود

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shadishadishadi: your tumblr is so cool and cultural - i LOVE it! Its so nice that youre also from england, where abouts are you based? Im from London x

Aaah thanks so much!! You’re so sweet! :) I’m from London too!

deserrtrain: Hello! First of all, I want to say that I adore your blog. I am an european girl and I really want to travel to Iran and Afghanistan. Is it safe for me to go there?

Hi!! Thank you so much!! Really appreciate it. As far as Iran is concerned 100%. The country is stable and people are hospitable and friendly. Of course you need to be careful like any country, there are bad bits and good bits of any city. But there are many reputable tourist companies that will provide a package so you’re always with a guide and other people. I see many many tourists every time I go, especially German and American tourists for some reason haha.

As for Afghanistan, I wouldn’t exactly recommend it. I mean I have friends that go to Kabul and they’re fine but they’re guys first of all and second of all they come from there. I would love to go myself. I know of two women that went to Afghanistan who were not from there to help as part of a UN infrastructure building thing but they were with a lot of UN people etc. It is a breathtakingly beautiful country but I think as a woman it’s difficult. The culture is far far more traditional than Iran and there’s a small Taliban issue right? :( I don’t want to knock it down, I’m not from there and maybe I’m wrong. I don’t want to offend anyone. Any Afghan friends want to help out?

Elizabeth Taylor in Shiraz - Iran