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Lipstick Jihad

About the Book

Lipstick Jihad

Azadeh Moaveni was born in Palo Alto, California, into the lap of an Iranian diaspora community longing for an Iran many thousands of miles away. As far back as she can remember she felt at odds with her tangled identity. College magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, she moved to Tehran as a journalist. Immediately, Azadeh's exile fantasies dissolved.

Azadeh finds a country that is culturally confused, politically deadlocked, and emotionally anguished. In order to unlock the fundamental mystery of Iran --- how nothing perceptibly alters, but everything changes --- Azadeh must delve deep into Tehran's edgy underground. Lipstick Jihad is a rare portrait of Tehran, populated by a cast of young people whose exuberance and despair bring the modern reality of Iran to vivid life. Azadeh also reveals her private struggle to build a life in a dark country --- the struggle of a young woman of the diaspora, searching for a homeland that may not exist.

Lipstick Jihad
by Azadeh Moaveni

  • Publication Date: March 28, 2006
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN-10: 1586483781
  • ISBN-13: 9781586483784