(PRWEB) September 18, 2015 -- VIENNA, Va. – The lack of information and understanding of Iran (Persia) and Iranians during the period of the westernization and modernization and the social, historical, political and educational events at the 20th century inspired Dr. Simin Redjali to write her book, “A Symphony of Life” (published by Xlibris). This is a biography that encompasses her courageous journey through war, revolution, love and freedom, proving that education can help triumph over adversity.
Like a symphony, this book is composed of four movements. Through these movements, the author weaves the notes of her life into melodies of social and historical changes, upheavals, wars, revolutions and peace. She traces her own transition from being part of Iran’s ruling class to her job-seeking struggles in the United, providing readers, through the author’s firsthand experience with 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.
Supported by extensive research and based on the author’s personal life, “A Symphony of Life” expresses a great hope that the longstanding cultural misunderstanding and miscommunication between Iran and the West will soon be replaced with a mutual respect, celebrating the power of individual freedom and democracy. 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.
“A Symphony of Life”
By Dr. Simin Redjali
Hardcover | 6x9 in | 584 pages | ISBN 9781479765331
Softcover | 6x9 in | 584 pages | ISBN 9781479765324
E-Book | 584 pages | ISBN 9781479765348
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Education has been a cornerstone of Dr. Simin 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. In 1963, she was offered a job as professor of Psychology at the National University of Iran, 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.
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