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Well, that was in 1995 when I resigned from my last academic job.

The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.

I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.

Once we know of atrocities we cannot remain silent, and knowledge inevitably leads to an urge to protect the innocent.

Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.

When I was teaching at the University of Tehran we were struggling against the implementation of the revolution rules.

You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn't exist.

Every culture has something to be ashamed of, but every culture also has the right to change, to challenge negative traditions, and create to new ones.

Look at Ayatollah Khomeini's revolution and the slogans that they used: anti-imperialism; anti-colonialism; the struggle of the have-nots against the haves; the state monopoly over economy, which was very much patterned after the Soviet Union. All of these things did not come out of Islam. Islam is not that developed.

The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don't compromise, you may suffer.

This is a good time to ask apologists for the Islamic regime, who degrades Islam? Who imposes stoning, forced marriage of underage girls and flogging for not wearing the veil? Do such practices represent Iran's ancient history and culture, its ethnic and religious diversity? Its centuries of sensual and subversive poetry?

A bad author can take the most moral issue and make you want to just never, ever think about that moral issue.

America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?

For more than 30 years the Islamic regime and its apologists have tried to dismiss women's struggle in Iran as part of a western ploy.

I finally returned to Iran in 1979, when I got my degree in English and American literature, and stayed for 18 years in the Islamic republic.

I think Islam is in a sense, in crisis. It needs to question and re-question itself.

Lots of times you can feel as an exile in a country that you were born in.

My passion has always been books and literature, and teaching.

Thus the regime has deprived Iranian women not just of their present rights, but also of their history and their past.

Unfortunately for governments like that of Iran, when they forbid something, people become more interested.