Winner of International Book Awards Winner in Women’s Issues
Eric Hoffer Award - Winner of Da Vinci Eye for Best Book Cover Design, Horizon Award for Best Debut Author & Culture Book
Indie Book Awards - Finalist in Historical Nonfiction and Women’s Issue
Silver in ForeWord’s INDIEFAB Awards for Women's Studies
The popular narrative about women's lives in Iran over the last forty years goes something like this:
"During the Pahlavi Monarchy, women were on an upward trajectory. In a nation on the cusp of modernity, women actively participated. They were given the right to vote and free to be in public without veils. They wore miniskirts on university campuses. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with Ayatollah Khomeini at the helm. The burgeoning freedoms for women were extinguished. The veil was required and institutions were segregated by gender. The Islamic Republic had thus achieved its goal of resurrecting the image of the traditional Muslim woman."
The problem with popular narratives is that, despite their convenient half-truths, the real story is more complicated, unexpected, and less tidy.
Inspired by author Nina Ansary's scholarly journey, Jewels of Allah is a provocative roller coaster ride that shatters the stereotypical assumptions and the often misunderstood story of women in Iran today. Highlighting many courageous female leaders and advocates throughout Iran's history, the book illuminates the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turns leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.
Jewels of Allah is dedicated to every individual oppressed by discriminatory ideology. 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to charitable organizations and institutions, with the primary recipient being the OMID Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered organization that has been empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran for over 10 years. For more information on the OMID Foundation, please visit omidfoundation.com.
Ansary, an Iranian-born philanthropist who now lives in Los Angeles, takes an incisive, intellectually robust look at the feminist movement in Iran. She presents six common misconceptions about Iranian women and then debunks each one with straightforward analysis and scholarly precision. Over the course of the book, Ansary intertwines accounts of female Persian trailblazers activists, intellectuals, poets, and suffrage martyrs with the intricate history of the women's movement in Iran, which, according to the author, goes back to ancient times. Mostly Ansary addresses present-day culture and the misguided notion that modern Iran lacks a vigorous women's movement, pointing readers to progressive grassroots efforts, a feminist magazine, and numerous accomplished, professional women advocating for women's rights. This is a riveting portrait of the Iranian woman: her strength, resilience, suffering and hope. (BookLife)
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Every woman's fight for equality/justice/freedom.
The country is different, but the struggles are the same. Even in countries with "equality" women are still fighting for true equality and not the perception of it. The struggle of Iranian women is the struggle of ALL women. They are the epitome of strength, courage and love.
The only women against Iran are the ones brainwashed by the west, who believe freedom means dressing like a slut. If you want Western culture, go to the West... .simple. Women are treated fairly and equally unlike how they are treated in the USA when they aren’t given equal rights or pay!
A MUST READ
"Jewels of Allah" is an insightful, informative and well documented book by Dr. Nina Ansary, a historian and a highly respected expert in the Women's Movement in Iran. Dr. Ansary delves into the complicated nature and most often misunderstood hierarchy of Persian Women throughout Iran's long illustrious history. Her main focus of the book is pre and post Revolutionary Iran and how a thriving Women's Movement is flourishing under a restrictive regime. "Jewels of Allah" should be an eye opener for most Westerners and must be included as part of every High-school and College curriculum.