Zahra Eshraghi

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Zahra Eshraghi
Zahra Eshraghi at Hassan Rouhani's campaign women rally in Tehran, 29 April 2017.jpg
Native name Persian: زهرا اشراقی
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Tehran, Iran
Spouse(s) Mohammad Reza Khatami
Children Alireza, Fatemeh[1]
Parent(s) Shahab od-Din Eshraghi (father)
Sedigheh Khomeini (mother)
Relatives Ruhollah Khomeini (grand-father)
Khadijeh Saqafi (grand-mother)
Mostafa Khomeini (uncle)
Ahmad Khomeini (uncle)
Hassan Khomeini (cousin)

Zahra Eshraghi (Persian: زهرا اشراقی‎, translit. Zahrâ Eshrâqi) (born 1964) is an Iranian activist and former government official who believes in feminism and human rights.

Early life and education[edit]

Eshraghi was born in 1964. She is the granddaughter of Ayatollah Khomeini.[2] She is a philosophy graduate.[3]


Zahra Eshraghi wants the wearing of head-scarves to no longer be compulsory. She believes that: "Our constitution still says that the man is the boss and the woman is a loyal wife who sacrifices herself for her family. But society here has changed, especially in the last 10 years. If my grandfather were here now, I am sure he would have had very different ideas."[4]

She also stated "The constitution my grandfather approved says that only a man can be president... We would like to change the wording from 'man' to 'anyone'. But discrimination here is not just in the constitution. As a woman, if I want to get a passport to leave the country, have surgery, even to breathe almost, I must have permission from my husband."[4]


Eshraghi was criticized in 2010, for coming out in support for presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi and was supportive of the Iranian Green Movement.

Personal life[edit]

In 1983, Esraghi married Mohammad-Reza Khatami, former head of the Islamic Iran Participation Front, the main reformist party in Iran and younger brother of former president Mohammad Khatami.[5][6] They have two children, a daughter, Fatemeh, and a son, Ali.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "سرگذشت فرزندان آیت الله خمینی". 
  2. ^ "Khomeini's Granddaughter On Iran's 'Critical Situation,' Sanctions, Facebook". Radio Free Europe. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Khomeini's granddaughter fights for women's rights". The Washington Times. Tehran. 18 June 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Colin (19 June 2005). "'If I want to breathe I must have permission from my husband'". The Telegraph. Tehran. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Sciolino, Elaine (2 April 2003). "Daughter of the Revolution Fights the Veil". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Sayyid Mohammad-Reza Khatami". JRank Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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