Dr. Azar Nafisi
on Small Acts of Resistance Against the Iranian Regime
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Dr. Azar Nafisi - on Resisting the Iranian Regime
View Azar’s full oral history and transcript at the Georgetown University Library.
Azar was born in Tehran, Iran in 1948. The daughter of a prominent Iranian mayor and one of the country’s first female parliamentarians, Azar was 13 when she was sent to be educated in England, where she later attended university and majored in philosophy and literature. Azar moved to the University of Oklahoma to finish her studies before returning to Iran in the midst of the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Since returning to the United States in 1998, Azar has written several books, including Reading Lolita in Tehran and The Republic of Imagination. An award-winning author, Azar describes her childhood, her experience of the Revolution, and her rise as a prominent writer.