By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a very good undercover agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide most sensible Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds what no different earlier CIA operative's memoir in all likelihood may possibly: the interior workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed through an Iranian guy within their ranks who spied for the yankee govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relations and friendships torn aside via a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 early life pals in the course of the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man's decades-long dedication to steer a surprising double existence informing at the cherished nation of his beginning, a spot that when provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but in its place governed through murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded by way of his close-knit kinfolk and lively boyhood buddies. The Iran of his formative years allowed Reza to imagine and act freely, or even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks within the face of the neighborhood mullahs. His political and private freedoms flourished whereas he studied machine technological know-how on the college of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the USA was once lower brief with the unexpected demise of his father, and Reza lower back domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of swap. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of spiritual fundamentalism less than the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the desire of a Persian Renaissance, joined the progressive Guards, an elite strength on the beck and phone of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies opened up, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed within Evin criminal, a shattered and dissatisfied Reza again to the US to dangerously develop into "Wally," a secret agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time while Iran's nuclear software holds the world's worried cognizance, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim worthy time along with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he offers important info from the Iran-Iraq struggle, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and extra . . . a sequence of terrific occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY was once the winner of The 2011 foreign publication Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and most sensible New Non-Fiction. It used to be additionally the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and commemorated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" class. It is now a part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The chief in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY used to be selected because the ebook of the Month for January 2011 via the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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There was no Muslim church putting together a Muslim state. Rather, the new Muslim community—the umma—developed from a worldview that perceived religion and politics as a seamless web, that thought of this world and the world to come as a continuum. This perception is well expressed in the hadith of the Prophet, “Work for this world as if you would live forever. ” In theological terms the early Muslim community did not accept that the end of time was nigh, nor that the believer should renounce this world in preparation for the world soon to come.
Both claimed thisworldly authority. Neither ever totally dominated the other. In the extended confrontation that ensued polemicists on both sides (usually clergymen or of clerical training whether supporting pope or emperor) created the corpus of medieval political thought that, together with the earlier GrecoRoman legacy of political philosophy, makes up the bedrock on which later Western political thought rests. In the process, the existence of an organized church with its own hierarcy of leadership closely linked to but institutionally distinct from the state was accepted.
This office could have stimulated the development of an organized and distinctive judiciary that might have more readily confronted the Ottoman executive. Something like a separation of powers as in the political thought of Montesquieu or in American governmental practice might have emerged. Nothing of the sort developed. 9 Nor did the Muslim ulama attempt to nominate their own candidate or to support the continued tenure of an existing shaykh al-Islam. Individual holders of the office did from time to time get involved in high politics (such as issuing a fatwa to depose a reigning sultan), but no institutionalized power emerged from these activities.