From Miniskirt to Hijab

From Miniskirt to Hijab : A Girl in Revolutionary Iran

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 23.88mm | 498.95g
  • Dulles, United States
  • English
  • 164012117X
  • 9781640121171
  • 867,752

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Historical Note
Part I: Hope, 1961-77
Chapter 1: The Best of Both Worlds
Chapter 2:My Iranian Mothers
Chapter 3:The Shah's Spectacular Parties
Chapter 4:Cracks Along the Avenue
Chapter 5:England
Part II: Fear, 1978-79
Chapter 6:Homecoming
Chapter 7:When Jacqueline Met Ebi
Chapter 8:Nightly Calls of "Allahu-akbar"
Chapter 9:The Man in the Moon
Chapter 10: The King Is Crying
Chapter 11:Utopia?
Part III: Adapt, 1979-80
Chapter 12:My First Referendum
Chapter 13:Executions
Chapter 14:My Jewish Wedding in the Islamic Republic
Chapter 15"Death to America"
Chapter 16:Invasion
Chapter 17:The Sacred Defense
Part IV: Veil, 1981-85
In Chapter 18:"Sister, Guard Your Hijab"
Chapter 19:The Downhill
Chapter 20:The Second-Class Citizen
Chapter 21:Public Life, Private Self
Chapter 22:Half of the World's Beauty
Chapter 23:Front of the War, Front of the Plane
Chapter 24:"The Martyr"
Part V: Resolve, 1987
Chapter 25:Welcome to First Grade
Chapter 26:Why Is this Night Different?
Chatper 27:The View from the Rooftop
Chapter 28:Flight
Epilogue, 1988-present
Reading Group Discussion Guide
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Review quote

Richly informative, From Miniskirt to Hijab captures a difficult time in Iranian history with honesty and candor. Saper demonstrates her love for the country of her birth while realistically discussing some of the challenges confronting a non-Shiite in a very conservative society."" - Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh, associate professor of history at Northeastern Illinois University and author of The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani

""From Miniskirt to Hijab is a deeply moving memoir that vividly details the struggle of human life - both collective and individual - under authoritarian rule. Saper's insightful and compelling narrative is extraordinary in its use of personal perspective to mourn the rapid loss of Iran's once progressive society. This book is both an important historical account and a cautionary tale, a poignant reminder of the devastating impact an unchecked regime has on its unwilling participants."" - Bardia Fard, chapter president of the Iranian-American Bar Association

""From Miniskirt to Hijab is the 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."" - Bobak Kalhor, director and producer of A Dying King: The Shah of Iran
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About Jacqueline Saper

Jacqueline Saper is a CPA, educator, translator, and public speaker based in the Chicago area. She is an established expert on Iranian topics and an instructor at Oakton Community College where she is the recipient of the college's 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.
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4 48% (103)
3 12% (26)
2 4% (8)
1 1% (3)
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