Vienna, VA (PRWEB) August 22, 2013
Dr. Sakineh Simin Redjali (Khadiri) weaves the notes of her life story in a number of musical themes. Her story’s melody and development are her transition from Iran’s ruling class to her job-seeking struggles in the United States; the story's 'counterpoint' - social and historical changes she experienced: wars, revolutions and peace.
A Symphony of Life is an autobiography of Dr Simin Redjali’s life in which she recounts her amazing story in a unique symphony of love, history, courage and human endeavor where events of the modern history of Iran, pre and post Islamic Revolution, the psychology of Iran’s relations with the West and the challenges of being a force towards the better both in Iran and the USA, are depicted in the sweetest melodies from the scientific mind of this remarkable scholar.
Like a symphony, this book is composed of four movements. Through these movements, the author as a well-known public figure in Iran weaves the notes of her life into melodies of psychosocial, historical changes, upheavals, war, revolution and peace. It illustrates the personal approach the author has adopted with overcoming every adversity through using the power of education. It is also a testament to a woman's ability to balance all the facets of her life--career demands, family responsibilities, emotional needs and the quest to help others. It is supported by research and expresses a great hope that the longstanding cultural misunderstanding and miscommunication between Iran and the west will soon be replaced with a mutual respect which celebrates the power of individual freedom and democracy.
This book also provides readers many of the great events of the 20th century, a personal account of Iran’s contemporary history and politics, education, along with an eye-witness account of the United States civil rights movement, the women’s rights struggle, other important issues related to psychology and mental health, and personal issues such as surviving cancer in the United States. Her story encompasses shifts in the tempos and melodies of life, along with a leitmotiv of love of family, individual freedom, and unwavering hope for humanity.
Dr. Sakineh Simin Redjali’s life has become a rich symphony of experiences, places and times. She has lived through wars, revolution, peace, and tranquility. She has been blessed with a loving, beautiful family; has faced family tragedies; and have gone from being part of the elite and the privileged in Iran to needing a job to get by in the United States. Readers from diverse backgrounds will greatly appreciate her Iranian and American homelands through her life story.
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About the Author
Education has been a cornerstone of Dr. Sakineh (Simin) M. Redjali’s life. She received her Ph. D., Magna Cum Laude, in Education and Clinical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany after graduating from the University of Tehran with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Science and Philosophy. While studying in Germany, she met her husband Dr. Sa’id Khadiri, a musician, at an Iranian Culture and Art presentation she gave at the University. After returning to Iran as an associate professor, she taught at the Teachers Training University. A year later, she was awarded a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of London. She spent a year learning the educational system in England, Wales and Scotland. In 1963, she was offered a job as professor of Psychology at the National University of Iran. She was the first woman professor to reach the highest-grade position of the professorship at the National University of Iran. In 1966, she was given a National Science Foundation Fellowship at the University of Michigan, and in 1967 she became a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Illinois. During her time in Iran as a professional woman, she tirelessly worked to promote the social status of women. As the Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran from 1969 to 1971, she established more than 150 Family Welfare Centers (Houses of Women) throughout the country. In 1973, she established Shemiran College to provide three new needed areas of study in Iran: (1) early childhood education (2) family counseling and (3) welfare administration. She oversaw an accredited graduate and undergraduate college and established an exchange programs with several US universities. In 1979, her family were granted permanent residency in the US because of her education and international status. From 1979 to1996, she devoted her time working with people with mental and developmental disabilities at the Central Virginia Training Center in Lynchburg, VA as the Center Director, and the Research Director. She also served as a Clinical Faculty at the Medical College of Virginia. She has been working as an independent consultant in the fields of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Science. She has about 30 publications in three languages (English, German, and Persian), received more than 20 medals and awards for the services rendered to the community, and holds active memberships in several national and international professional associations and organizations.
A Symphony of Life * by Dr. Simin Redjali
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
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