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Nism I still am unsure what it is then spends the remaining time presenting Islamic feminism On the one had that makes some sense since secular feminism is a concept familiar in the West The concept of Islamic feminism was new to me and Ptičje oko na tarabi learning that the premise is to encourage reinterpretation of Koranic passages was enlightening and vital to understanding the role of feminism and how this as she calls it essentially Western concept can fit into Islamic society However I have two concerns herewhile it is certainly fair and essential to discuss the religious form of feminism in a country in which religion is so primary it does a great disservice to sweep under the rug the secular feminists in the society As an atheist myself I was very irritated by the religion washing I want to know about the growing secular movement I am a western woman with a Christian background who feels strongly that the primary monotheistic religions of the world are incompatible with feminist values I feel this as a member of the society and Christian religion in which I grew up and would be incredibly upset if Iearned that an Eastern author was discussing feminism in the USA almost solely under the category of Christian women Clearly Islam is an important part of many Iranian women s Quinlans Character Stars lives clearly it is an important part of the author sife and that is fine but it is incredibly irresponsible to neglect the women in Iran who have rejected Islam in search of an identity that has not be preordained and defined If anything I think acknowledgement of these secular feminists is even MORE vital in Iran given the social and political atmosphere and the strict religious rule enforced by the government in which they ive These women are even braver than their secular counterparts in the West and their religious counterparts in Iran for their decision to shed their religious upbringing in their fight towards euality The author and many other religious women may find that is not the path for them and that is fine but it is NOT fine for them to ignore and undersell these women especially in a section which prides Iran on the cooperation and mutual respect the secular and Islamic feminism movements are supposed to feel for each other Where is this respect I didn t feel it in reading this section And clearly Dr Ansary does not feel it since she felt just fine writing off the entire movement as a mere afterthought and that was an enormous disappointmentSo all that being said I still think this book is an absolute must read Someone going into the book without my personal and educational experiences and without my admittedly high expectations will probably barely notice the relatively minor road bumps in what is otherwise a smooth unbroken road paved with the history analysis and viewpoints you need to arrive at a greater understanding of the struggle of our sisters in Iran This is an incredible book should be reuired reading for all feminists regardless of where you are from Ansary takes "us through the history of women in Iran including surprising counter "through the history of women in Iran including surprising counter conseuences for women due to overthrows by extremist governments But most of all she shows us the braver and courage of Iranian women who defy odds and thrive in all areas despite the imitations and sanctions imposed on them by the regime BRAVA This is wonderful I had no idea that the Shah and his twin sister Princess Ashraf were together such strong feminists as had their father been before them Nor did I know that the Ayatollah Khomeini got the women on his side by promising in well publicised speeches that in the new Islamic Republic they would be eual to men and could wear what they chose be educated and choose their own careers Lying pig A prominent female judge Shirin Ebadi voted for him Khomeini removed her from that position and said that he opposed the emancipation of women on the grounds that it was anti Islamic A nuanced ራማቶሓራ look at the role women have played in Iran in the 20th and 21st centuries Iearnt how the pendulum of progress swung back with a vengeance as the revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini ousted the Pahlavi era For anyone hoping for a fuller understanding of the role of women and the women s rights movement in Iran this is a must readWould I recommend itA good book to educate those uninformed of the magnitude of problem in a society they judge yet know nothing about This book is a must for Western readers It s extremely well researched engaging and not only shatters The ScandiKitchen Summer longheld stereotypes about women in Iran and the Middle East but highlights fascinating stories abouteading women s rights figures in Iran going back 3000 years to an Iran that is a completely different country from what we associate it with today These women are positively inspiring smart and bold and deserve their voices to be heard Lovely ittle book that discusses the complexities and nuances of women s rights throughout Iranian history I d highly recommend it to anyone interested in the women s movement in Iran Well researched documented and informative A must read for everyone regardless of nation specialty or gender Biased Informative This is a fascinating book though because it has been adapted from an academic thesis in places it was uite a difficult read Chapter two was uite a slogHaving said that though I was completely absorbed by "The Story Of Women " story of women Iran the book is inspiring I now ong to visit Iran. Le Тарковский и я. Дневник пионерки leaders and advocates throughout Iran's history the book illuminates the unanticipated conseuences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turnseading to a full blown feminist movement within a post revolutionary patriarchal societyJewels 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 501c3 registered organization that has been empowering disadvantaged young women for over 10 years For information on the OMID Foundation please visit the omidfoundationcom. Ge for an issue I encountered throughout her analysis is the title Jewels of Allah In the beginning she explains that the title is meant to convey that women who have been ordained as inferior are in fact the jewels of the Creator This just reeks of 1990 s style 2 dimensional Girl power feminism This worldview raises women up from the trenches and onto a pedestal keeping all the gender normative baggage right in tact It tackles the obvious issues violence against women eual pay for eual work representation in government without ever dismantling the continued cultural policing of women s appropriate gender roles association with motherhood expectation to accommodate men and the continued costuming of self to placate society whether it is high heels or a hijab I feared immediately that the author s philosophical understandings on the subject of gender and society would be acking but fortunately her in depth analysis of history was Paranormal Realities II largely unaffected Ultimately I trust her to talk intelligently about history but doubt I d enjoy any works regarding current social analysis or calls to action She is an expert at weaving the 2 Dimensional environments of the historical pages but I fear sheoses her footing when she steps off the page into the 3 Dimensional world and all its additional ayersAnother early on and fundamental issue I have with the book is the premise statement which can be found on the back of the book and the introduction The popular narrative about women s ives in Iran She makes it sound as if there is some grand conspiracy some unknown truth hidden from the Western world that renders our whole viewpoint false Yes the reality is as she said complicated unexpected and ess tidy butnot really I mean yes the popular narrative is a boiled down simplified version of history but it is basically accurate She seems to be under the impression I think that the very fact that there is a robust women s rights movement in Iran renders the narrative of oppressed Iranian women null and void and I disagree Yes there is a much robust history and modern feminist movement than I thought but the fact that women in Iran are subject to horrendous human rights abuses dangerous psychological conditioning and a second class existence does not disappear just because of a relatively small yet plucky group of women fighting to better their conditions The women she highlights in this book do not erase the suffering and oppressive conditions of the rest of the women in the country any than their suffering should erase the hard work and dedication of these Iranian feminists fighting for euality For the most part I feel she does a good job of not falling into that trap but there are points where I feel she s dancing dangerously close to the edgeAlso there were several point where I started getting some awkward hints of sexism apologetics specifically regarding her personal stance on head coverings and same sex education While she makes amazing points about the reality of how these things unfolded it also seems she is advocating for an apologetics approach in the future though she never DIRECTLY states as such She fails to address the underlying sexism of both of these concepts fails to address the ong term impact of them on society Since her account is almost entirely historical and explanatory of historical events and perceptions this doesn t get in the way but I was Pingalavel left with an icky feeling She does get direct when discussing research about co education in the US an entire section of the book not devoted to Iran at all but rather an infuriating apologetics style avocation for sex segregation in the US that utterly neglects the moral social philosophical etc aspects of the issue and reads aot ike a Fox News excerpt trying to blind you with a series of numbers and studies taken out of context and massaged somewhat elouently into their desired message It was a disturbing departure from her usually unbiased tone While she makes many good points regarding same sex vs co ed education she fails to address the root cause of the issues and instead is placing the burden of fixing or rather avoiding the problem on women Women are to accept segregation because it provides them better uality education Why does it provide better uality education Because of inherent social sexism But she never seems interested in addressing the root cause of that cultural sexism but instead advocates for the educational euivalent of giving a girl a rape whistle to prevent rape I GET that the book is a comparison between two radically different regimes and her analysis is appropriate in THAT context but it was the hint of modern social prescription she wants for THIS time and "Place That Bothered MeAnd Finally "that bothered meAnd finally is clear in SEVERAL AREAS OF THE BOOK THAT THE AUTHOR LEANS areas of the book that the author eans interpretation heavily into her own perception beliefs and desires Overall she felt trustworthy and unbiased but occasional sections flipped a switch and set my Bias Alarms blaring On the one hand she provides names dates facts and so on to support the majority of her interpretation On the other she presents them at times according to her own desires For example there is a section where she discusses three primary forms of feminism that have evolved in modern Iran Islamic feminism Secular feminism and Indigenous feminism She gives a brief and awkward nod to secular feminism and barely touches indigenous femi. Came the Islamic Revolution in 1979 with Ayatollah Khomeini at the helm The burgeoning freedoms for women were extinguished The veil was reuired and institutions were segregated by gender The Islamic Republic had thus achieved its goal of resurrecting the image of the traditional Muslim womanThe problem with popular narratives is that despite their convenient half truths the real story is complicated unexpected and ess tidyInspired 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 fema. ,

SUMMARY Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran


Review first published in San Francisco Book ReviewIs there any subject of which the average Westerner harbors misconceptions and false assumptions than the role of the Middle Eastern woman Dr Nina Ansary tackles these misconceptions directly in her book Jewels of Allah explaining that the history of women s rights in Iran isn t as simple as we assume In fact what is surprising is how women have found methods of iberation through their oppression Two prominent examples are the mandated wearing of the hijab and the institution of single sex education Ansary explains that with the institutionalization of both the hijab and single sex education many conservative Muslim families felt comfortable sending their daughters to school Additionally girls attending an all girl school flourished were comfortable voicing their opinions than they had been in the co educational schools of the Pahlavi monarchy The Pahlavi era was one of rapid social progress Too rapid perhaps centuries of custom and tradition were ousted almost overnight including the eual role of women During the Persian centuries women played a subordinate role but with the advent of the Pahlavi era women were allowed to hold political office become Eat or Be Eaten! lawyers obtain divorces and dress how they pleased The hijab however was outlawed and many Iranians believed the Pahlavi were mere puppets of the western powers In 1979 the pendulum of progress swung back with a vengeance as the revolution under Ayatollah Khomeini ousted the Pahlavi regime and the era s hard won social progress Women were once again forced play a subordinate role Yet as Ansary shows there was and continue to be a thriving women s rights movement despite the oppressive patriarchalaws and regulations During the Iran Ira war from 1980 1988 for instance women filled many of the jobs The Sheiks Angry Bride (War, Love, Harmony Series, left vacant by men fighting in the war not unlike women during WWII Ansary also cites the numerous women s magazines and periodicals in post revolutionary Iran as an impetus and outlet for women s concerns and devotes an entire chapter to the women s magazine Zanan and its founder Shahla Sherkat One of the most important revelations of the book is that there is not just one type of Iranian woman Even within the progressive women s movement there are differences There are devout Muslim women who seek to reconcile and reinterpret the Koran favorably for women and there are also secular women who believe no such reconciliation is possible and work for a complete break with tradition Yet despite their differences both camps work together for the advancement of women s rights Nina Ansary s book is a must read for anyone hoping for a fuller understanding of the role of women and the women s rights movement in Iran It is a much needed antidote to Western misconceptions Overall this book provided an insightful concise and easy to follow narrative of the story of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Pahlavi Regime and into and beyond the 1979 Iranian Revolution The author does a fantastic job of explaining the history and concepts simply and clearly the book is neither too short nor tooong She "Possesses A Coveted Writing Ability coveted writing ability provide of the details necessary without adding in fluff or allowing the book to become dry and over saturated with facts She has a clean pleasant writing style that is both academic and personal so the book is both easy to read and take seriously Further it is clear that Dr Ansary has a brilliant mind with a penchant for recognizing patterns and underlying meanings and is clear that Dr Ansary has a brilliant mind with a penchant for recognizing patterns and underlying meanings and her interpretation of facts and events seems reliable and thorough And finally I enjoyed the subtle for ack of a better way to put it herstory element to the book that is this book although telling the story of all of Iran over centuries is told from the feminine perspective It examines history and women s roles in it from the perspective of women with women at the core I have readwatched many historical works ABOUT women which did NOT pull this off and still seem to be written from a male perspective and a patriarchal center I have also read books which are clearly written from a herstory perspective but accomplish it in such a gaudy overblown way that it is distracting Dr Ansary did it JUST RIGHTTo expand my thoughts on this book beyond a simple Would I recommend it A resounding YES I want to delve into some of the deeper arguments in the book To start I earned A LOT from this book And not just facts but perspectives concepts ideas viewpoints Despite extensive research into anthropology religion politics and women s studies I have to admit that my knowledge about Iran and Islam are both sorely Take Me Series Box Set lacking and so I decided to read this book in hopes of filling in some of those egregious gaps I finished the book with a sense that the knowledge I gained was sound and accurate and I want to praise Dr Ansary for her mostly unbiased presentation of a story with many MANY sidesI found her explanation of Islamic feminism especially helpful as it filled in gaps in understanding this concept I have encountered Islamic feminism in the Western world uite a bit in recent years but never fully understood its premise and ideas That being said there were also several aspects of the book and her positions that I found troublesomeThe most appropriate place to start not just because it is the beginning of the book but also because I feel it does unfortunately set the sta. International Book Award in Women’s IssuesEric Hoffer Award for Best Culture BookEric Hoffer Award for Best Book CoverEric Hoffer Award for Best Debut AuthorIndie Book Award for Historical NonfictionIndie Book Award for Women’s IssuesForeWord INDIEFAB Award for Women's StudiesBest Book Award for Women's Issues The popular narrative about women'sives in Iran over the The Turkey Farm last forty years goes somethingike thisDuring 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. Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran