Women of Allah

Artist: Shirin Neshat (Iranian, born Qazvin, 1957)

Date: 1994

Medium: Ink on photograph

Dimensions: 12 x 9in. (30.5 x 22.9cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.129.8


The veiled, gun-bearing women and the black-and-white photograph format of Shirin Neshat’s (b. 1957) work suggest newspaper clippings that show Iranian women’s involvement in the Iran-Iraq War and the Islamic Revolution. In Way in Way Out from the Women of Allah series, the woman’s hand gesture suggests prayer, and the popular prayer inscribed on the edge of her white veil reads: “Give a hand so that I can hold a hand.”