What is the summary for Part 3, Chapters 1-3 of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books?

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The war with Iraq begins on September 23, 1980. Nafisi ponders the justification for the war. Which of the conflicts with Saddam Hussein is the reason for this present escalation? Nafisi sees the paradox of fighting agents of Satan from Iraq at the same time fighting agents of Satan within Iran.

Any kind of criticism is now considered Iraqi-inspired and thus suspect. Nafisi begins collecting photographs and articles of martyrs, in order to impart some kind of rhyme or reason on her own existence.

Many of Nafisi’s acquaintances, as well as herself, were indifferent to the war, as much as they were indifferent to Khomeini’s regime. They see the ludicrousness of the warnings to take shelter when there was not shelter.

Nafisi’s friend Laleh one day wants to celebrate. She has just been expelled from the university. She describes her encounter with a guard. She tried to enter the university without her veil and was stopped by an overweight guard. She refused to wear the veil, and yet she also refused to leave. Suddenly she takes off running, followed by the guard. She enters the university and runs to her department. The department head stops her, asks what’s the matter, when the guard catches up. Laleh states that she left the university a free woman, meaning that she had been expelled. She is forced to take in sewing in order to earn a living until a friend of Nafisi’s offers her a job at her school.

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