Amir in Leiden

The photograph portrays Amir, a true bibliophile who comes from Iran living in exile in the Netherlands.


  • Amir and his books: a bibliophile living in exile

    story by Frank van den Boom.

    This story is about Amir. He lives in the vicinity of Leiden and is enrolled in the IncLUsion program of Leiden University. Back in Iran, Amir was a successful academic and commercial manager, but due to his outspoken atheist beliefs, he was forced to leave Iran and come to the Netherlands. As a bibliophile, he had to abandon not only his house and his family, but his collection of books as well. Read about Amir’s journey through literature, and how this journey has led him to Leiden.

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