|Born||Saba T. Soomekh
|Institutions||Loyola Marymount University
California State University, Northridge
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (B.A. 1998)
Harvard Divinity School (M.T.S. 2001)
University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D. 2008)
|Notable awards||Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal (2013)|
Saba T. Soomekh (born 1976) is an Iranian-born American professor and author.
Early life and education
Soomekh was born in Teheran, Iran to Hamid and Manijeh Soomekh. She is a sister of Hollywood actress Bahar Soomekh. The Persian Jewish family moved to Los Angeles, California in 1978 to escape the Islamic Revolution of Iran with Soomekh only two years old.
She attended Beverly Hills High School and received her Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998, her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She is also a lecturer in the Religious Studies Department at California State University, Northridge.
Soomekh is the author of "From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture" published by State University of New York Press. The book won the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards gold medal for religion. She has written extensively on the Iranian Jewish community and on women in the Middle East.
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