“Jewels of Allah” by Iranian Nina Ansary bags first prize at LA book awards

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Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran has won the coveted First Prize in Women’s Issues in the 2016 International Book Awards, Bookvana.com announced this week in Los Angeles. Winners and finalists were announced in over 80 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran, by Dr. Nina Ansary is an unprecedented book that explores the changing relationships between Iranian women and the State, the history and development of a feminist movement in the country and the achievements of key Iranian women in the struggle for women’s rights.

The book celebrates the many courageous female leaders and advocates throughout Iran’s history, while revealing the unanticipated consequences of the Islamic revolution leading to a full-blown feminist movement within a post-revolutionary patriarchal society. A provocative roller coaster ride, Jewels of Allah shatters the stereotypical Western narrative about women inIran and traces the historical winds of change and the flourishing of powerful female voices.

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Dr. Ansary is a bestselling author, historian and leading authority on women’s rights in Iran.

Born in Tehran and now based in Los Angeles, Dr. Ansary has donated 100% of the proceeds to charities supporting women in Iran, including the Omid Foundation, shortlisted for the 2016 Civil Society Charity Award.

Dr. Ansary has presented at Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard universities as well as worldwide conferences in Dublin, Milan and London.
Her advocacy for women’s rights worldwide has won support from an eclectic following of over 250,000 influencers, including Arianna Huffington, actress Nazanin Boniadi, actor Taye Diggs, TV host Montel Williams, Vogue UK editor Laura Bailey and British pop singer Kim Wilde.
Recently profiled in The New York Times as one of “Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know,” Dr. Ansary has also been honored as one of “The 21 Leaders of the 21st Century” by Women’s ENews. She is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post. She has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, The BBC and CBS Radio and been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, among others.

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Dr. Ansary holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on the board of trustees at the Iranian-American Women’s Foundation, Barnard College, the Middle East Institute Advisory Board at Columbia University and on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council. – USNewswire

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