Another Life, An Untold Story, Mehrangiz Kar


A renowned lawyer and human rights advocate who also pursued writing during her time in the Islamic Republic of Iran, speaks about the journey of a forbidden manuscript. She emphasizes on the complex ways in which the censorship apparatus begins its operations even before the publishing stage in the life of an author’s life in Iran.

Mehrangiz Kar describes the journey of writing a forbidden novel in Iran and the fact that she had to hide the manuscript in friends’ closets in Tehran for many years until she eventually published the book in her years of exile in the US. The book is called “Rebellion: A Feminine Narrative of an Islamic Revolution”.

Mehrangiz Kar
Mehrangiz Kar is an award-winning writer, attorney, and activist specializing in women's rights and family law. A former Fellow with the Dubai Initiative (DI) at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, she currently resides in Washington DC where her work focuses on human rights and Islamic law in Iran. In the past, much of Kar's research has focused on analyzing the role of the constitution in Iran’s internal conflict and examining viewpoints of different factions as well as the likely outcomes of the constitutional and political disputes between them. Ms. Kar was also a Visiting Professor at Brown University in the Pembroke Center. Ms. Kar has practiced law in the Islamic Republic of Iran for 22 years.

A recipient of several human rights awards, including the National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Award (2002), Ludovic-Trarieux International Human Rights Prize (2002), and the Human Rights First Award (2004), Ms. Kar sits on the board of a number of international organizations such as Human Rights Watch’s Advisory Committee on the Middle East (2000-2011).

Ms. Kar received her B.A. in Law and Political Science from Tehran University and has been a visiting scholar and fellow at several universities including Harvard University, Wellesley College’s Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town.

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