Haleh Esfandiari Free at Last, Iran Releases Scholar Today

Iranian-American Scholar Haleh Esfandiari boarded a plane to Austria today and is en route to the country where her sister lives for an indefinite visit with her husband, George Mason professor, Shaul Bakhash and family after spending eight months under house arrest and inside Tehran's notorious Evin Prison. It is not clear if there are any provisions to her release and departure from Iran. Meanwhile, the fates of four other Americans missing in Iran are unknown, including those of Kian Tajbakhsh and Ali Sharkeri, both imprisoned since May.

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About Elle Alexandra Jerome

A. Scheherezada Jerome is an Anglo-Ottoman Instructor of Islamic Studies at York College of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Dickinson College in 2003 with a self-developed major in Middle Eastern Studies and Spanish. In 2004, she graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies with an M.A. in Islamic Societies and Cultures. Finally, in 2005 she finished her second M.A. in Gender and Identity in the Middle East (Summa Cum Laude) at the University of Exeter. After finishing the first stages of her postgraduate work, she was an intern in Women’s Affairs at the Embassy of Afghanistan. In addition to her academic work, she manages her non-profits, The Shaherazade Project and Women Against Crimes of Honor. She’s also the coordinator for postgraduate students in the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies. Currently, in addition to her teaching duties she is the editor of Kohl an anthology of Muslim-American women’s writing to be published in 2007 and is working on research for her second novel, Hürrem Sultan.

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