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A protester holds a drawing of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 23. Amini was arrested by Iranian authorities in Tehran on Sept. 13 for not wearing her headscarf properly. She died three days later, apparently due to a severe head injury. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Why a scholar banished from Iran 15 years ago is hopeful about the current protests

Iranian American scholar Pardis Mahdavi was once arrested in Tehran for lecturing about Iran's sexual revolution. She wonders if the country's current wave of protests might result in regime change.

A protester holds a drawing of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in Berlin, Germany, on Sept. 23. Amini was arrested by Iranian authorities in Tehran on Sept. 13 for not wearing her headscarf properly. She died three days later, apparently due to a severe head injury. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Why a scholar banished from Iran 15 years ago is hopeful about the current protests

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From WHYY in Philadelphia