Questions for CAPTIVE IN IRAN by Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh

  1. Have you been to Iran or any Muslim country?
  2. When the girls’ flat was first ransacked, what stood out as a warning sign for their future treatment?
  3. The testimonies of these two Christian girls were described early in their story. What part of the girls’ testimonies had the most impact on you?
  4. The first time the interview/interrogation occurred with Mr Rasti he accused them of reading a distorted version of the Bible. He mentioned another ‘correct’ version was on sale in Iran. Have you heard this sort of objection before?
  5. What sort of women were in prison in Evin Jail and how was it run?
  6. How would you describe the legal proceedings in the girls’ case? What processes were deployed to deny the girls freedom?
  7. The book is dedicated to a girl called Shirin. Why was she in jail and what happened to her?
  8. A question as to whether God could see the plight of the prisoners, and why he seemed to do nothing about it was raised to the girls. How did they answer this?
  9. What privileges were the girls denied while in prison? How did they respond?
  10. What or who sustained the girls in one of the darkest, most dangerous places in the world?  How did the girls react when they found out the world was praying for them and agitating for their release?  Are there any lasting lessons for us to learn from these girls’ endurance and faith?
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