Her Majesty Queen Farah Pahlavi
Her story began like a fairy tale. At the age of twenty-one, Farah Diba married the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi. In a matter of days, her quiet life was turned upside down: her coronation as the empress of Iran was covered in the world’s press, and overnight she became an international celebrity. A loving marriage, the raising of four children, and a devotion to social and cultural causes marked her early years as queen, although there were already signs of grave national divisions on the horizon.

Twenty years later the dream had turned into a nightmare: demonstrations and riots shook the country, and Farah and the shah decided to leave in order to avoid bloodshed. Seriously ill, the exiled Shah would never again see his home. Together they sought refuge in Morocco, the Bahamas, Mexico, and Panama – hiding out in a New York hospital while the shah received treatment – until they were finally given shelter by Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat, himself assassinated by fundamentalists just eighteen months later.

The story of Shah’s last years is one of the late twentieth century’s most poignant and troubling episodes, as America’s tense relationship with the Middle East began to reveal its flawed foundations.

For the first time, Farah Diba – the Shahbanou – wife of the last emperor of Iran, breaks her silence and tells the story of her love for a man and his country. An Enduring Love offers her an intimate view of a time of upheaval but stands above all as a powerful human document from one whose life was caught up in an epic and tragic national struggle.


1001 Days
Memoirs of an Empress
(English Edition)

The Fall of Heaven
The Pahlavi’s Final Days of Imperial
(English Edition)

An Enduring Love
My Life with the Shah
(English Edition)

Kohan Diara
A Memoir – Digital Download
(Persian Edition)

Farah Pahlavi
(French Edition)

Farah Pahlavi
(Spanish Edition)

A Memoir
(German Edition)

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies

1001 DAYS

Memoirs of an Empress

“Beautifully written, intelligent, and insightful, the memoirs of Farah Diba Pahlavi open a window on the life of one of the great women of our time and offer a unique perspective on the extraordinary country over which she and her husband reigned before darkness fell.” ―Bob Colacello, founding editor Interview magazine

At the time I wrote my memoir, I had no idea what was to come . . .

1001 DAYS

Memoirs of an Empress