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

From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran

byJacqueline Saper

Hardcover | October 1, 2019

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Jacqueline Saper, named after Jackie Kennedy, was born in Tehran to Iranian and British parents. 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 as well as the Iran-Iraq War. In a deeply intimate and personal story, Saper recounts her privileged childhood in prerevolutionary 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, forced to wear the hijab, and hiding in the basement as Iraqi bombs fell over the city. She eventually fled to the United States in 1987 with her husband and children after, in part, witnessing her six-year-old daughter''s indoctrination into radical Islamic 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 Islamic society.
Jacqueline Saper is a CPA, educator, translator, and public speaker. An expert on Iranian subject matter, her opinion columns and articles regularly appear in national and international publications. She can be reached at  Jacqueline Saper is a CPA, educator, transl...
Title:From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary IranFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:232 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:232 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.98 inPublished:October 1, 2019Publisher:Potomac BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781640121171

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations    
Historical Note    
Part 1. Hope, 1961-1978
1. The Best of Both Worlds    
2. My Iranian Mothers    
3. The Shah''s Spectacular Parties    
4. Cracks along the Avenue    
5. England    
Part 2. Fear, 1978-1979
6. Homecoming    
7. When Jacqueline Met Ebi    
8. Nightly Calls of "Allahu-akbar"     
9. The Man in the Moon    
10. The King Is Crying    
11. Utopia?     
Part 3. Adapt, 1979-1980
12. My First Referendum    
13. Executions    
14. My Jewish Wedding in the Islamic Republic    
15. "Death to America"    
16. Invasion    
17. The Sacred Defense    
Part 4. Veil, 1981-1985
18. "Sister, Guard Your Hijab"    
19. The Downhill    
20. The Second-Class Citizen    
21. Public Life, Private Self    
22. Half of the World''s Beauty    
23. Front of the War, Front of the Plane    
24. "The Martyr"    
Part 5. Resolve, 1986-1987
25. Welcome to First Grade    
26. Why Is This Night Different?     
27. The View from the Rooftop    
28. Flight    
Glossary of Persian, Arabic, and Hebrew Terms    
Reading Group Discussion Guide    

Editorial Reviews

"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 - Bobak Kalhor - 20190223