Jacqueline was born and raised in a Jewish family in Iran. As a bicultural daughter of an Iranian father and a British mother, she has been a bridge between the East and the West since birth. At the age of 18, her comfortable life came to an end as the country convulsed with civil unrest and social clashes of the Iranian revolution. In 1979, the Shah was ousted, and Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile. Saper continued to live in the Islamic Republic of Iran for eight more years as a wife and a mother of two and during the brutal Iran-Iraq war.
Her memoir, From Miniskirt to Hijab: A Girl in Revolutionary Iran, is publishedby Potomac Books of the University of Nebraska Press. The book chronicles her life before, during, and after the Iranian Revolution. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg praised her memoir as a book documenting her unusual mixed cultural upbringing amid the revolution. The Chicago Tribune's Chicago NOW article titled Jacqueline Saper's From Miniskirt to Hijab is a story for our times, is named one of the top 20 best posts (out of more than 500) of September 2020.
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