By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as a superb secret agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide top Books Award-winning A Time to Betray unearths what no different prior CIA operative's memoir potentially may well: the interior workings of the infamous innovative Guards of Iran, as witnessed by means of an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yank executive. it's a human tale, a chronicle of relatives and friendships torn aside via a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 formative years buddies throughout the Islamic Republic yielded divisive and tragic fates. And it's the stunningly brave account of 1 man's decades-long dedication to guide a surprising double existence informing at the liked state of his beginning, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but as an alternative governed by means of murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded through his close-knit kinfolk and lively boyhood pals. The Iran of his adolescence allowed Reza to imagine and act freely, or even indulge a penchant for rebellious pranks within the face of the neighborhood mullahs. His political and private freedoms flourished whereas he studied computing device technology on the collage of Southern California within the Nineteen Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US used to be minimize brief with the unexpected demise of his father, and Reza back domestic to discover a rustic at the cusp of swap. The revolution of 1979 plunged Iran right into a darkish age of non secular fundamentalism below the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the progressive Guards, an elite strength on the beck and get in touch with of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies opened up, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed inside of Evin legal, a shattered and disenchanted Reza back to the US to dangerously develop into "Wally," a undercover agent for the CIA.
In the wake of an Iranian election that sparked international outrage, at a time while Iran's nuclear application holds the world's worried consciousness, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive lifestyles to reclaim necessary time along with his family, Reza Kahlili records scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides very important details from the Iran-Iraq conflict, the Marine barracks bombings in Beirut, the catastrophes of Pan Am Flight 103, the scandal of the Iran-Contra affair, and extra . . . a series of marvelous occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that keeps to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY used to be the winner of The 2011 overseas e-book Awards in different types of: Autobiography/Memoirs and top New Non-Fiction. It was once additionally the winner of The nationwide top Books 2010 Awards for Non-Fiction Narrative and venerated because the "Finalist" within the "Autobiography/Memoirs" type. It is now a part of JCITA's (Joint Counterintelligence education Academy of DOD) and CI CENTRE (The chief in Counterintelligence), Iranian Program's readings. A TIME TO BETRAY was once selected because the e-book of the Month for January 2011 by means of the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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Killing, for example, was always forbidden in the ahram,111 which were known as neutral areas where feuding tribes sent representatives to engage in negotiations. 112 Warring in Pre-Islamic Arabia All the evidence suggests that in pre-Islamic Arabia, armed aggression between nomadic tribes and between nomads and settled populations was a normal part of life. War as an activity, however, less defined the relationship between unrelated or distantly related kinship groups than did war as a condition.
Perhaps the most obvious example is that of pilgrimage to the bayt or Ka ba in Mecca, which is a nearly 19 arabia 20 wholesale adoption of pre-Islamic religious practice. The profound importance of pre-Islamic Arabian civilization for the development of warring in Islam requires its own independent examination. Pre-Islamic Arabia The history of pre-Islamic Arabia is garnered from reports from neighboring peoples, from occasional inscriptions found among ancient ruins, and from Muslim histories and related literature that were written centuries after the end of that era.
The eastern Mediterranean region in general was in decline during this period, and the constant wars between Byzantium and Persia weakened the entire region. On the other hand, the central Arabian town of Mecca appears to have remained influential, primarily because of its position as the major cultic center of the west central Arabian region known as the Hijaz. 33 The growth of sea trade, in which Arabia did not compete, drained resources away from the traditional Arab caravaning and trade of earlier centuries, and the collapse of powerful indigenous polities in southern and northern Arabia encouraged free reign among Bedouin tribes.