by Nina Ansary


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.

100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to various charitable organizations and institutions, with the primary recipient being the OMID Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered charity that has been empowering disadvantaged young women for over 10 years. For more information on the OMID Foundation, please visit:

For more on the author, Nina Ansary, please visit:

Praise for Jewels of Allah

“A well-documented and persuasively written examination of the change in Iranian women’s status under the country’s secular and religious governments…maintains an engaging tone that makes it easy for casual readers to follow the arguments.”– Kirkus Reviews

“An incisive, intellectually robust look at the feminist movement in Iran…a riveting portrait of the Iranian woman: her strength, resilience, suffering and hope.” – Publishers Weekly

"The women of Iran have no greater champion than Nina Ansary, nor does anyone equal her in explaining the seemingly paradoxical expansion of women's education since the Iranian Revolution." – Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of History, Columbia University

“The most accurate and appealing book that I have read about the women’s rights movement in contemporary Iran.” – Mehrangiz Kar, Prominent Iranian Attorney & Celebrated Women’s Rights Activist

Book Awards for Jewels of Allah

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"

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Publication Details
Publication Date: June 25, 2015
Distributor: Ingram
Trim: 6×9
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0-9864064-0-9
ISBN (Paperback): 978-0-9864064-1-6
ISBN (eBook): 978-0-9864064-2-3