I am an Iranian living in Iran. I carry an Iranian birth certificate, national card and an Iranian passport and nothing else. I lived in America for some 12 years during the early 70s (1972) to the early 80s (1983), up until the political upheavals. The Iranian hostage crisis was when I was shipped back to my country. That was in 1983-84, when I came to an Iran in the beginnings of a revolution, an Islamic revolution, and Iran is still paying for it – or experiencing the reprisal, I might say.Mahmoud Mousavi gives a unique, first-hand insight into the political, religious and philosophical basis of Iran, focusing on its people and history and relating it to a more global context in a time of poor international relations between the West and a tumultuous political regime.