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  • Our Friend Mona

Our Friend Mona

The Remarkable Life of a Young Martyr

Our Friend Mona tells the true story of Mona Mahmudnizhad, a 16-year-old girl who sacrificed her life for unity and peace in the world. Mona grew up in Shiraz — a city famous for its poets and roses. Shiraz is also a city sacred to Baha’is, for it is where their Faith began. And it was in that holy city, after revolution swept through Iran in 1979, where the persecutions against the peaceful Baha’is grew most fierce. The violence reached a peak in June of 1983 with the hanging of ten women, lovely and innocent souls that the people named “The Brides of the City.” The youngest of these was last to go, and Mona kissed the rope that would end her earthly life.

From the preface...

"My husband Mark and I decided to put this book together because there is no single volume available on Mona’s life....Show More

Our Friend Mona tells the true story of Mona Mahmudnizhad, a 16-year-old girl who sacrificed her life for unity and peace in the world. Mona grew up in Shiraz — a city famous for its poets and roses. Shiraz is also a city sacred to Baha’is, for it is where their Faith began. And it was in that holy city, after revolution swept through Iran in 1979, where the persecutions against the peaceful Baha’is grew most fierce. The violence reached a peak in June of 1983 with the hanging of ten women, lovely and innocent souls that the people named “The Brides of the City.” The youngest of these was last to go, and Mona kissed the rope that would end her earthly life.

From the preface...

"My husband Mark and I decided to put this book together because there is no single volume available on Mona’s life. There are several important books that share the stories of the persecution of the Bahá’ís of Iran, and some of them provided important source material for this work. We could see that Mona’s life, although brief, would easily fill a book of its own. We especially felt moved to share the story in a manner understandable to youth and junior youth . . .

"[W]e must credit a third contributor. That is Mona's mother, Mrs. Farkhundih Mahmudnizhad, who told the stories of her famous daughter and saintly husband tirelessly for 28 years until her passing in 2011. Her writings about Mona and her father, both published and unpublished, have provided a large amount of the material in this book. This book is a continuation of her attempt to share with the world the stories of their unbelievable heroism and love."

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  • Contributors:
    Azadeh Rohanian Perry (Author) | 
    Mark L Perry (Co-Author)
  • Format: Softcover book | 300 pages
  • Dimensions: 152 x 229 x 17 mm | 440 g
  • Publisher: Independently published, 2019
  • Language: English
  • SKU: BKS-BIO-G.0178

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1892-1921: Ministry of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

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