Book Review

Naneh Ali

Razieh Ebrahimi
Translated by: Zahra Hosseinian


Naneh Ali is the narrative of Zahra Homayouni’s life, who is the mother of martyrs Amir and Ali Shahabadi, written by Morteza Asadi. In addition to the eloquent and readable content, the difference between the memoirs and other biographies of martyrs' mothers, as well as using the method of retrospect, has added to the appeal of work. This book has 15 chapters which are: Goodbye Spring, Those Two Blue Eyes, The Sword of Zulfaghar, The Birth of a Butterfly, Goodbye Mother, Haj Agha Ruhollah, Jamal Aftab, Amir’s messenger, Hello Sir, Teacher, Day of Farewell, Waiting for Ali, New Bride, the fragrance of God, and Good news of reunion.

This book is the result of several stages of interviews with Ms. Homayoni from 2016 to 2020. The first interviews were conducted in 2016, and at the very beginning the author noticed the difference between the life story of this martyr’s mother and others, but stopped the work, because the reactions of martyrs’ father to the problems and martyrdom of his children were very strange. According to the author, the parents of the martyrs Shahabadi were two opposite points with a striking difference!

After 2 years, as Ms. Homayoni’s phone calls were continued, Mr. Asadi had something on his conscience for leaving the job half-finished. He decided to write the book and complete it. Therefore, he resumed recording the interviews in 2020, and ended the collecting memories by conducting 10 3-hour interview sessions.

The narrator of the book, Ms. Zahra Homayoni, known as “Naneh Ali”, was born in spring of 1947 in Hamedan. As a child, she migrated from Hamedan to Tehran with her family. Despite her young age, Zahra worked side by side with her mother to help support the family. After a few years, she was married to Rajab Shahabadi. Her husband's misbehavior caused Zahra to experience a difficult and turbulent life even after marriage. During the revolution, despite all the strictures of his husband, she participated in demonstrations with Amir and Ali. With the start of the imposed war, Ali and Amir decided to go to the front. Zahra, who was always the scapegoat of her children against their father, this time also she got the father's consent with insistence and difficulty.

After the martyrdom of Amir and Ali, life became more bitter than before. Rajab blamed Zahra for the martyrdom of their children and added pain to her pains. In addition to these two sons, Zahra had three other children named Hossein, Amir, and Mohammadali.

At the end of the book, there is an album of pictures (about 8 photos), which are explained by mentioning the names of the people in the photos. The story book of Naneh Ali was published in 2022 by Hamaaseh Yaran Publishing House in 189 pages, and 1000 copies, in the octavo size, at a price of 79,000 Tomans.

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Heads of National Front Meet Imam

On ninth of Aban, 1357 (October 31, 1978), misters Dr. Karim Sanjabi, Haj Manian and Mahdian came to Paris from Tehran to meet the Imam. Dr. Banisadr, Mr. Salamatian and Haj Ahmad [Imam's son] was also present in their first meeting with the Imam. After greetings, Mr. Sanjabi who had been sitting next to the imam, started talking quietly - almost whispering; suddenly, the imam pulled their heads back and said:

Secret campaigns

Sedigheh Amir Shahkarami the narrator: we were two sisters and three brothers who started secret campaigns against the regime during the Shah and in order not to be arrested by SAVAK (secret police), we had a covert life during the years 52 and 53 (1973 and 1974). At first, Mehdi and Mohammad Amir Shahkarami were the members of the Mujahedin Organization. But after a while, they realized the deviation of their beliefs, ...

Establishment of Islamic Revolution Central Committed as narrated by Alviri

At this time (Bahman of 1357 – February 1979), grouplets such as Peoples Fedai Guerrillas and Mojahedin Khalq Organization misused the mayhem of the country, storing a large quantity of weapons in their team house. Even when the Imam ordered the people to hand over the weapons to the mosques, instead of handing over their weapons to the mosques, these grouplets built a headquarters and took the peoples weapons and stored them.
A cut from memoirs of Iran Torabi

Preparation of Soosangerd Hospital

We arrived in Soosangard around noon. It was the 21st day of Mehr [1359] (October 13, 1980). The situation of the city was almost the same as Ahvaz, and even worse. There was dirt and destruction everywhere. The city had almost been deserted. As Ahvaz Red Crescent had said, the city was still within reach of the enemy and no place was safe from their artillery and mortar fire. We rushed to the city hospital.