By Kaitlyn Keel
Photo Credit: Safin Hamed/Agence France-Presse –Getty Images (NYT)
On September 16th, the morality police of Tehran arrested 22-year-old Mahsa Amini for allegedly violating local dress-code rules. She later died in their custody. Following her death, women have erupted in protest regarding the political climate across Iran, burning their hijabs and cutting their hair in public. The harsh treatment of women in Iran expands generations, and Amini’s death is not an isolated incident. To learn more about the history of women in Iran, a curated list of literature written by Iranian women about their lives in Iran and battles they have faced is below. This is not an exclusive list, but one to spark further reading.
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Prisoner of Tehran: One Woman’s Story of Survival Inside an Iranian Prison by Marina Nemat
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World by Jan Goodwin
Iran Awakening: A Memoir by Shirin Abadi
Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
Visit the New York Times for further reading.