Embracing the Infidel

A Lecture and Book Discussion with author Behzad Yaghmaian


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mitchell College Library


Behzad Yaghmaian is an Iranian-born author living in the United States. Currently, he is a Professor of Political Economy at Ramapo College in New Jersey. He has taught international political economy in the United States, Iran, and Turkey. He has published a number of articles on globalization and Third World Studies in various academic journals.

“A masterful storyteller, Yaghmaian reveals many layers to the refugees’ personalities and histories, and some to his own.” —The San Francisco Chronicle

In September 2002, Yaghmaian left the United States, traveling for two years in the Middle East and Europe and enters the world of Muslim migrants. He lived among them, listened to their hopes, dreams, and fears. In the book he shares their stories of yearning, persecution, and unwavering faith and tells their extraordinary stories of hope for a new life in the West. It takes us on a journey through a modern-day underground railroad that stretches from Istanbul to London. Yaghmaian spent two years traveling with these men and women, visiting their transit camps and safe houses, meeting them in police custody, and collecting their stories.

“Embracing the Infidel is a tale of hardship, adventure and hope, and of life in refugee camps in Bulgaria, tent cities in Greece, slum ghettos in Turkey and, for the fortunate ones, fugitive existences in Paris and London. Their dreams are of survival and a better life in the West,” Associate Professor Mary Loose remarks.

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