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Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran by [Ansary, Nina]
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International Book Award in "Women’s Issues"

Eric Hoffer Award for "Best Culture Book"

Eric Hoffer Award for "Best Book Cover"

Eric Hoffer Award for "Best Debut Author"

Indie Book Award for "Historical Nonfiction"

Indie Book Award for "Women’s Issues"

ForeWord INDIEFAB Award for "Women's Studies"

Best Book Award for "Women's Issues"

The popular narrative about women’s lives in Iran over the last forty years goes something like this:

"During 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 were free to be in public without veils; they wore miniskirts on university campuses. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with Ayatollah Khomeini at the helm. The burgeoning freedoms for women were extinguished. The veil was required and institutions were segregated by gender. The Islamic Republic had thus achieved its goal of resurrecting the image of the traditional Muslim woman."

The problem with popular narratives is that, despite their convenient half-truths, the real story is more complicated, unexpected, and less tidy.

Inspired 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 female leaders and advocates throughout Iran’s history, the book illuminates the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic Revolution and the unexpected twists and turns leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society.

Jewels 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 501(c)(3) registered organization that has been empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran for over 10 years. For more information on the OMID Foundation, please visit:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 23032 KB
  • Print Length: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Revela Press (25 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WIFD3W2
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,503 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am not a professional at anything. My opinion ... 3 October 2015
By Onlysion John Derochea 111 - Published on
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I am not a professional at anything. My opinion comes from my heart. I pray Dr. Ansary has many more books to write. I believe we need to have more of the kind of work she has done in Jewels of Allah. I had to take my time reading so as to take in every aspect of the women of Iran and the triumphs of their spirit. God Bless you Dr. Ansary. I pray your voice is heard for many years. Thank you also for the gift of my autographed book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and a masterful work of art! 9 June 2016
By Nasrin Farahmand - Published on
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Grace is the word that comes to mind, when I think of my experience of reading the Jewels of Allah! This is an elegantly written book for every woman and every man to read! Dr. Nina Ansary is a brilliant author of a rare "jewel", on history of amazing Iranian women that has never been revealed before! Dr. Ansary is a catalyst whose tremendous research has created a masterpiece, greatly documented, brave work that must be a part of high school and university curriculum everywhere.
Her boundless generosity:100% of the proceeds of this book is donated to charities supporting women in Iran.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timely Book and A Joy to Read 20 October 2015
By Robert P. Gavila - Published on
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This is, in my opinion, an important book that takes the reader deep into Iranian culture and history in relation to women's rights, shining a revealing light on the struggle by brave women (vieled or not) to gain equal rights.

Reading this book, I learned s great deal about the Islamic Revolution and I gained new respect for both sides in this struggle: whether women in Iran wear the chador or not, they want to remove the gender bias from Sharia laws so that Islamic culture can benefit from the gifts and talents of both men and women.

This book was a joy to read. I highly recommend it.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ 28 June 2015
By Fred Parvaneh - Published on
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"Jewels of Allah" is an insightful, informative and well documented book by Dr. Nina Ansary, a historian and a highly respected expert in the Women's Movement in Iran. Dr. Ansary delves into the complicated nature and most often misunderstood hierarchy of Persian Women throughout Iran's long illustrious history. Her main focus of the book is pre and post Revolutionary Iran and how a thriving Women's Movement is flourishing under a restrictive regime. "Jewels of Allah" should be an eye opener for most Westerners and must be included as part of every High-school and College curriculum.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 May 2017
By Marc - Published on
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Excellent read if you are interested in history of Iranian woman fight for equality.

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