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Perspective on Iran: Culture, Religion and Attitudes

Two speakers provide informed perspective on Iran and Iranian society, Islam, religious attitudes in the region, the impact of the US-organized sanctions campaign against Iran, and US policy in the Middle East. Paul Sheldon Foote, a California professor with years of experience in the Middle East, and Art Olivier, a filmmaker and former mayor in southern California who recently visited Iran, address an IHR meeting on March 2, 2013. Dr. Foote, who teaches at California State University, Fullerton, lived for years in Iran and other countries in the region, and for a time worked at the US embassy in Tehran. His insights on Iran, Islam and the Middle East, and on Iranian culture and attitudes, and his pointed remarks on US policy, reflect an exceptionally knowledgeable understanding of the character and history of the region.