In Tribute to Princess Ashraf Pahlavi: A Jewel of Iran
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The following is a tribute to Princess Ashraf Pahlavi (1919-2016), excerpted from Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran by Dr. Nina Ansary.
The Pahlavi era undoubtedly ushered in progressive change in Iranian society, including policies that brought about modern dress, education for girls, women's increased participation in society, more freedom of the press (including women's magazines), and the enfranchisement of women.
However, the rapid transition toward a westernized way of life was largely unfamiliar to many women, as was a more secular culture after centuries of religious customs. Most of the Pahlavi-era's noble, visionary, yet drastic changes affecting women were not embraced or accepted by the majority of females from traditional backgrounds. Their families were vehemently opposed to the new standards, finding them offensive and in conflict with cultural mores.
It is the contention of some analysts and historians that the cultural shift during this time
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