Feeling the Chill

The festivities were over and life in Esfahan, Iran’s third largest city several hundred miles south of Tehran, had returned to normal. The metal scaffolding in front of the Iman Mosque in Khomeini Square had been taken down and the square’s imposing fountain had been turned off. A late autumn moon rose over the dome of the Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque, turning its curved blue surface a haunting purple in the twilight.

Earlier in the day, I had seen the four-wheel drive of President...

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Christopher Thornton teaches at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.