By Reza Kahlili
A real tale as exhilarating as an outstanding undercover agent mystery, as turbulent as today's headlines from the center East, 2010 nationwide most sensible Books Award-winning A Time to Betray finds what no different prior CIA operative's memoir almost certainly may possibly: the internal workings of the infamous progressive Guards of Iran, as witnessed through an Iranian guy inside of their ranks who spied for the yankee govt. it's a human tale, a chronicle of kinfolk and friendships torn aside through a terror-mongering regime, and the way the grownup offerings of 3 youth associates 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 stunning double lifestyles informing at the liked kingdom of his start, a spot that after provided the promise of freedom and enlightenment--but in its place governed via murderous violence and spirit-crushing oppression.
Reza Kahlili grew up in Tehran surrounded through his close-knit kin and lively boyhood neighbors. The Iran of his formative years 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 technological know-how on the college of Southern California within the Seventies. yet his carefree time in the US was once reduce 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 spiritual fundamentalism below the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Reza, clinging to the wish of a Persian Renaissance, joined the innovative Guards, an elite strength on the beck and get in touch with of the Ayatollah. yet as Khomeini's tyrannies spread out, as his fellow countrymen grew to become on one another, and after the horror he witnessed within Evin legal, a shattered and dissatisfied 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 software holds the world's nervous cognizance, the revelations within A Time to Betray couldn't be extra strong or well timed. Now resigned from his secretive existence to reclaim helpful time along with his household, Reza Kahlili files scenes from background with heart-wrenching readability, as he provides 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 outstanding occasions that culminates in a nation's struggle for freedom that maintains to this very day.
A TIME TO BETRAY used to be the winner of The 2011 foreign publication 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" class. 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 through the journal of The Marines - Leatherneck.
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3323, 15. The charge that he was the first who altered the Prophet's sunnah seems an echo of this. Aghani xx. 101, 14. 1 The first successor is said to have composed a text wherein the Prophet's death is foretold, and a little tampering with the sacred volume is likely to have been executed from time to time. Some verses which give the appearance of being post-Mohammedan are a set which recognise a distinction between two classes of texts in the Koran: those which have been revised and those which are equivocal.
This appears clearly in his calendar. The brains of mathematicians and astronomers had been wearied with endeavours to find a formula which would harmonise the supposed motions of the sun and the moon; Mohammed settles the whole difficulty in a moment by declaring that the year in God's estimation is one of twelve lunar months. Christianity had been rent to pieces with the difficulty of formulating the nature of Christ, whose mother, it was agreed, was a virgin; Mohammed settles the matter straight off: the nature of Christ is like that of Adam.
E. vary with different circumstances, is admissible; but the opinion of the Divine Being on ancient history cannot possibly vary. Where on one occasion the Koran quotes a number of different opinions about a difficult matter, viz. the number of the Sleepers in the Cave and whether their dog counted or not, it is to condemn them all as conjectures, not to record them as possible solutions. Hence the collector had to settle the difficult question whether he should treat each separate account of the story of Moses or Abraham as a distinct Surah, or whether they should be regarded as different versions of the same.