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Haleh Afshar, Who Fought for Rights of Muslim Women, Dies at 77


By her account, Ms. Afshar had a privileged upbringing by which, surrounded by nannies and servants, she did little on her personal. While attending the distinguished Jeanne d’Arc School for women in Tehran, she mentioned, “I learn ‘Jane Eyre’ and I assumed: Well, when you left me on the facet of a street, I wouldn’t know which option to flip. I’d higher go to this England the place they make these robust girls.”

She persuaded her mother and father to ship her to St. Martin’s, a boarding college in Solihull, England, exterior Birmingham, the place she spent three years. She then attended the University of York, graduating in 1967. She acquired a doctorate in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge in 1972.

Ms. Afshar returned to Iran for a number of years, working as a civil servant for the Ministry of Agriculture, a job by which she typically traveled to small cities and villages. “I cherished speaking to the ladies,” she recalled, “who weren’t even conscious of the Islamic rights they’d: the correct to property, cost for home tasks, all types of issues.”

She additionally labored as a journalist for Kayhan International, an English-language newspaper, and wrote a gossip column referred to as “Curious,” attending events as she lined the social lifetime of outstanding Iranians.

In 1974, Savak, the shah of Iran’s feared secret police, summoned her over her involvement with left-wing mental teams, her brother mentioned. The incident frightened her sufficient to return to England. There she was reunited with Maurice Dodson, a University of York math professor whom she had met when she was a scholar. They started courting in 1970 and married in 1974.

Ms. Afshar traveled to Iran together with her husband throughout the Persian New Year in March 1975 and visited the nation for the final time in 1977, two years earlier than the Islamic Revolution.

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