The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Freedom in Modern Iran Paperback – 7 Jun 2018
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With mighty righteousness on her side and bravery in her heart, Masih Alinejad is a flame-thrower for the rights of all women who live under the thumb of repression and injustice (Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries)
Masih Alinejad is a fearless champion for women's rights. She built her career as a reporter uncovering powerful truths and writing passionately in support of human rights in a country where doing so meant risking one's freedom and safety. Her book is a must-read for anyone who cares about women's equality and autonomy-in Iran, the United States, and everywhere (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org)
Masih Alinejad's personal story is intriguing and inspiring. For her freedom is not just political but existential, which is why Masih's voice is so important to Iran's civil society and the Iranian people's struggles for freedom and democracy (Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination)
Masih Alinejad's inspiring journey from an ordinary working-class village girl in Iran into a transnational activist-journalist is a testimony to not only her talents and passionate dedication to equal rights, but also to the aspiration and determination of many Iranian women whose stories are recounted by her. Masih's courageous journey is part of a growing women's rights movement that resonates with women everywhere (Nayereh Tohidi, Director, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at California State, Northridge)
[Alinejad's] descriptions of life as a journalist and activist will captivate readers interested in Iran, international affairs, gender equality, and human rights (Booklist)
The road to expulsion is paved with scoops,' she writes. It's the content of those scoops, along with the graft and corruption underlying a regime that is still made up of politicians, that will be of interest to readers . . . Alinejad's account provides a timely glimpse behind the Iranian curtain (Kirkus)
Gutsy Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad tells her life story in a chatty, confiding tone . . . Alinejad's experiences make for a compelling and eye-opening read (Christian Science Monitor)
The Wind in My Hair paints a vivid portrait of modern Iran and chronicles her journey from Iran to Britain and finally the United States (New York Times)
Told poignantly and with a blunt honesty that seems a characteristic of Alinejad's life and writing, here is a gripping tale that permits us to peek at the inner workings of the Iranian Revolution and consider the question of its health and longevity...a prescient exposé of the cruelty of paradigms, the constrictions of the Muslim woman liberation tale and the often maddening centrality of the veil within it (Rafia Zakaria New York Times Book Review)
This memoir is the extraordinary story of how one Iranian woman overcame enormous adversity to fight for what she truly believed and founded a major movement for women around the world with the simple removal of her hijab.See all Product description
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I knew a little about Iran’s oppressive society but now realise just how much I didn’t know, understand or appreciate. Very similar to so many of us westerners including our governments. I thought I’d never say this but hurrah for social media to give people a voice when they can’t speak out in their own countries. We are so lucky in the western world to have such freedom.
Masih’s relentless fight to expose the hypocrisy, corruption and absurdity of Iranian law put her life at risk but her commitment is relentless and she continues to fight against compulsory hijab in Iran.
Masih’s story is feminism at its most passionate. A pure, fearless spirit. A very brave women who tells a wonderful description of her life and many challenges.
I laughed, I cried, I fumed at the injustices but I was sorry to finish it and will recommend it to all.
Keep up the fight Masih and thank you for enligtening me.