The West's perception of women's lives in Iran is incomplete at best.
Narratives of oppression and discrimination dominate media coverage of the subject we see in the US, but that's certainly not the whole picture.
In "Jewels of Allah," Iranian writer Nina Ansary documents the birth of a feminist movement in the country following the Islamic Revolution in 1979, introducing readers to a number of female leaders and advocates throughout Iran's history.
Nina Ansary will be appearing with Iranian singer Sussan Deyhim and author Cyrus Copeland at the Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. this Friday, July 10th at 7pm for the event, "The Untold Story of Iran."
Nina Ansary, author of "Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran" (Revela Press, 2015). She currently serves on the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Iranian American Women's Foundation