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Book Club (Hybrid - offsite) - From Mini Skirt to Hijab: A Girl In Revolutionary Iran by Jacqueline Saper

Thursday, June 15, 2023 26 Sivan 5783

7:30 PM - 9:30 PMZoom & In Person (In Person Location TBA)

This Month's Book:

From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran by Jacqueline Saper

Join us for a lively discussion!

We'll be meeting both in person & on Zoom--stay tuned for the in-person location details.

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About the book:
Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian father and a British mother. At eighteen she witnessed the civil unrest of the 1979 Iranian revolution and continued to live in the Islamic Republic during its most volatile times, including the Iran-Iraq War. In a deeply intimate and personal story, Saper recounts her privileged childhood in pre-revolutionary Iran and how she gradually became aware of the paradoxes in her life and community—primarily the disparate religions and cultures.

In 1979 under the Ayatollah regime, Iran became increasingly unfamiliar and hostile to Saper. Seemingly overnight she went from living a carefree life of wearing miniskirts and attending high school to listening to fanatic diatribes, a Jewish girl forced to veil her body as the rest of the country, and hiding in the basement as bombs fell all over the city. She fled to the United States in 1987 with her husband and children after witnessing her six-year-old daughter’s indoctrination into radical politics at school. At the heart of Saper’s story is a harrowing and instructive tale of how extremist ideologies seized a Westernized, affluent country and transformed it into a fundamentalist society.


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