Lily Ayman left Iran in 1979, the same year of the Iranian Revolution. She was visiting Chicago at the time, and realized she couldnâ€™t go back without risking her life. She was one of Iranâ€™s most celebrated authors. But she was also a Baâ€™hai and her religious beliefs had already marked her on the governmentâ€™s blacklist. Nadine Shabeeb reports on how that has affected her life.
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[Read the companion story “Lily Ayman: The mother of the Persian textbook“]