Lipstick Jihad by Azadeh Moaveni
Azadeh’s mother and father left Iran to be near an ailing parent in California, only to be trapped outside of their home country by the Revolution. Being Iranian in the United States after the hostage crisis wasn’t easy, nor was it easy to be raised by an Iranian mother who hadn’t necessarily chosen to stay in America.
As an adult, Azadeh feels drawn to the Middle East and eventually ends up in Iran as a journalist with Time magazine. Being in the employ of Western media only adds to her torn dual identities of Iranian and American.
I first read “Lipstick Jihad” shortly after it was released in 2005 and just recently reread it in preparation for Moaveni’s second book “Honeymoon in Tehran.” I found it to be a really fascinating look into a society about which I did not know very much. Moaveni has an unique perspective that she shares in a clear, insightful way.
If you are interested in getting a glimpse of Iranian politics and society in the early part of this century, or if you are interested in reading a memoir of a woman attempting to bridge the East-West divide, you should definitely give “Lipstick Jihad” a try.