Azadeh Moaveni

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Azadeh Moaveni
Born1976 (age 44–45)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
OccupationWriter, Journalist
GenreMemoir, News

Azadeh Moaveni (Persian: آزاده معاونى‎, born 1976) is an American journalist and writer.[1]


Moaveni was born in 1976 in Palo Alto, California[2] and she grew up in San Jose, California.[3] Her parents had been exiled to the United States by the Iranian Revolution.[3] She studied politics at Oakes College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating in 1998.[3] She won a Fulbright Fellowship to Egypt, and studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.[3]


For three years, Moaveni worked across the Middle East as a reporter for Time magazine, before joining the Los Angeles Times to cover the war in Iraq. On February 4, 2005 Azadeh released her first book, a memoir entitled Lipstick Jihad,[1] which details her experience growing up Iranian in America and of living in Iran as an American journalist who specialized in reporting on nonviolent resistance to the Iranian government.[4] She co-authored Iran Awakening with Shirin Ebadi.

She worked with editor David Ebershoff on her memoir, Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, for Random House, published on April 13, 2009. Her 2019 book, Guest House for Young Widows, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize.[5]

In March 2020 she appeared in a panel discussion at Adelaide Writers' Week, along with Omani novelist Johka Alharthi and Lebanese-British journalist Zahra Hankir.[6]

She continues to report on Iran and the Middle East for Time magazine.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to an Iranian and together they have a son and live in England.[7]


  • Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing up Iranian in America and American in Iran, PublicAffairs, 2005 ISBN 978-1586481933
  • Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope, Random House, 2006 ISBN 978-1400064700
  • Honeymoon in Tehran: Two Years of Love and Danger in Iran, Random House, 2009 ISBN 978-1400066452
  • Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, Random House, 2019 ISBN 978-0399179754

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "An interview with Azadeh Moaveni". Mother Jones. March 9, 2005.
  2. ^ Starr, Alexandra (March 13, 2005). "'Lipstick Jihad': The Mullahs and Me". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d Lasnier, Guy. "Alumna's 'New York Times' article details womens' recruitment, escape from ISIS". UC Santa Cruz News. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Lipstick Jihad". The Washington Post. May 23, 2006.
  5. ^ "Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction shortlist revealed | The Bookseller". Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Challenge of Change: Women's lives in the Middle East". Adelaide Festival (Writers' Week). Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  7. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (April 13, 2009). "Iran's Personal Side in Azadeh Moaveni's 'Honeymoon in Tehran'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 11, 2019.

External links[edit]

Official website