On January 9, 2015, the perpetrators of the Charlie Hebdo shooting in Paris two days earlier are both killed after a hostage situation; a second hostage situation, related to the Charlie Hebdo shooting, occurs at a Jewish market in Vincennes. The Charlie Hebdo attack was believed to have been triggered by the paper’s satirical use of the Prophet Mohammed. It is considered wrong in Islam traditionally to visualize the Prophet in any way. However, this was a level of extremism for such a reaction and not the only time in modern history has extreme interpretations of Islam seen evil in Western culture and sought to shut it down. Regardless, the culture in which Islam has flourish has also guarded brave souls of intellect unafraid of critically considering Western culture. Such a moving example is the memoir, Reading Lolita in Tehran. Every Thursday morning for two years in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the author, a teacher named Azar Nafisi secretly gathered seven of her most committed female students to read forbidden Western classics. At extraordinary risk for these students, they drew inspiration and understanding from the greater world, acting as examples for the pursuit of knowledge.

Book Title: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books

Book Author: Azar Nafisi

ISBN Number: 081297106X

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