Shahla Lahiji

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Shahla Lahiji (born 1942) (Persian: شهلا لاهیجی‎) is an Iranian writer, publisher, translator, and director of Roshangaran, a prominent publishing house on women's issues.

Career and activities[edit]

Lahiji established Roshangaran publishing house in 1983, becoming the first female publisher in Iran.[1] As of 2006 Roshangaran published more than 200 titles which are produced by female authors or which are concerned with women's issues.[1] The publishing house received the PEN International prize in the United States and the Pandora prize in the United Kingdom in 2001.[2]

She was one of 19 writers and intellectuals prosecuted for participating in an academic and cultural conference sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin on 7–9 April 2000 at which political and social reform in Iran were publicly debated.


  • The Quest for Identity : The Image of Iranian Women in Prehistory and History, co-authored with Mehrangiz Kar, 1992
  • Iran Awakening: One Woman's Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country, co-authored with Azadeh Moaveni, 2007

Honours and awards[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Loubna H. Skalli (Spring 2006). "Communicating Gender in the Public Sphere: Women and Information Technologies in the MENA Region" (PDF). Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 2 (2): 35–59. doi:10.1353/jmw.2006.0023. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Wendy Kristianasen (2 April 2004). "Islam's women fight for their rights". Le Monde diplomatique. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

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