From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran with author Jacqueline Saper
Jacqueline Saper, named after Jacqueline Kennedy, was born in Tehran in a Jewish family 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, including 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. Saper’s experiences as a Jew in Iran, when public chants of “Death to Israel” (and “Death to America”) were commonly heard, is especially important.
Saper witnessed the decimation of the Iranian Jewish community, as most of its members sought asylum abroad. However, she and her family remained in Iran for eight more years. She eventually fled to the United States in 1987 with her husband and two 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.
About the author:
Saper, who lives with her family in Chicago, earned a CPA after coming to the United States. She is a frequent lecturer, panelist, and instructor for various organizations. Her book has received rave reviews and extensive praise. Saper’s opinion columns and essays appear in several publications including: The Seattle Times, The Jerusalem Post, The Forward, Foreign Policy News, Aish, American Thinker, The Sun-Sentinel, L.A. Jewish Journal, The Times of Israel, Breitbart, and Persian Heritage. Her memoir, “From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran,” is published by Potomac Books of the University of Nebraska Press and has received rave reviews and extensive praise. Learn more about Jacqueline by visiting https://www.jacquelinesaper.com/
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Wednesday, July 15
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