From Miniskirt to Hijab

A Girl in Revolutionary Iran

Jacqueline Saper

From Miniskirt to Hijab is the story of an English-Iranian Jewish girl coming of age in Iran before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution.
Publication date:
January 2020
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
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ISBN : 9781640121171

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• The story of an English-Iranian Jewish girl coming of age in Iran before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution
• Best book yet to explain the contrast of life under the rule of the Shah versus that of the Ayatollahs. Saper is uniquely able to articulate the underlying dynamic of Iran's sudden rejection of a Western culture that was idealized for years before 1979.
• This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the causes of turmoil in one of the most volatile regions of the world.

Jacqueline Saper, named after Jackie Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. As a teenager, she witnesses the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times as well as the Iran-Iraq War. A deeply intimate and personal story, Jacqueline recounts her privileged childhood growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran and how she gradually becomes aware of the paradoxes in her life and community—primarily the disparate religions and cultures. In 1979, under the Ayatollah regime, hijab is imposed in the workplace and Iran becomes increasingly unfamiliar and hostile. Jacqueline eventually flees to America with her husband and children in 1987 after witnessing her six-year-old daughter's indoctrination into radical Islamic politics at school. At the heart of Jacqueline's story is a harrowing and lesson-bearing tale of how extremist ideological politics and religion gripped an increasingly Westernized, affluent country, and transformed it, unbelievably, into a fundamentalist Islamic society.