The Unveiling Author:Grace Visher Payne This is the story of Esmat, a woman of modern Iran--her hopes, her loves, her ideals, her struggle for the right to individuality in a land where for centuries women have held an inferior position. — In a style as rich and colorful as the beautiful rugs Esmat herself weaves, the author tells of Esmat's utter devotion and support of her husband, A... more »li; of Ali himself--good-looking, worldy, but not wise; of her lame son; of her friendship with the Christian, Parviz Jangju; of her discovery of Christianity; and of her reluctant departure from the ways of Islam.
What was it that made this woman--brought up in almost fanatical strictness to the observance of the rules of Islam, married at fourteen to a man she didn't know--change from the old-fashioned, backward, tradition-bound girl of the provinces to a modern, courageous, businesswoman--head of her house, supporter of her children?
The life of Iran and the customs described here in the book are authentic and unforgettable. Through her novel, Mrs. Payne gives readers an understanding of the distance the women of Iran have traversed from the restrictions of the past generations to the freedom of today.« less