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Words, Not Swords
Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement

Farzaneh Milani

Cloth $39.95s    |    978-0-8156-3278-8    |    2011

Latifeh Yarshater Book Award
Farzaneh Milani’s Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement is the co-recipient of the Latifeh Yarshater Book Award presented by the International Society of Iranian Studies. The Latifeh Yarshater Book Award is given every two years to a work that contributes, directly or indirectly, to the improvement of the status of women in Persian societies. The award, announced this month at the organization’s annual conference in Turkey, comes after Milani was named "Woman of the Year" by the Iranian Women Studies Foundation in June.


"While Milani’s credentials as an academic shine through on almost every page, it is her passion as a writer and feminist that gives Words Not Swords the lustre of a labour of love." —The National

"The breadth and depth of her work is astounding, expansive, and extensive—a tour de force." —Shahla Haeri, author of No Shame for the Sun: Lives of Professional Pakistani Women

"Helps us understand how today’s Iranian women occupy a far greater space than ever in their changing society. This is a rare, complex and much needed discourse that should help transform the perpetual Western gaze which continues to define Iranian women as pure victims." —Shirin Neshat, artist and filmmaker

  Words, Not Swords

Farzaneh Milani   Farzaneh Milani is professor of Persian Literature and Studies in Women and Gender at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Veils and Words: The Emerging Voice of Iranian Women Writers and the coeditor and translator of A Cup of Sin: Selected Poems by Simin Behbahani.

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