The state of women in Islamic societies is the subject of much interest and heated debate, even as representations in the media rely on inadequate information and misperceptions. "Becoming Visible in Iran" disputes the widespread stereotypes about Muslim women prevalent in the West, providing a vivid account of young women in contemporary Iran. Beginning at home, women are infusing dramatic change by challenging the patriarchal conceptions of their fathers, brothers, uncles and others within the intimate sphere of family and home. Empowered by education, they transport the power of their minds and beginning from the domestic to the public and political.Through detailed interviews and striking narratives, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday presents the experiences of these young women who wield a key if indirect political influence on the seemingly male dominated politics of this society, as they achieve a new visibility. For its direct presentation of women's perspectives as well as its analysis and insight, this book is a vital contribution to our understanding of the lives of Muslim women and the possibilities before them today.This title offers contemporary research on Iran.
It provides original fieldwork, including interviews with young Iranian women. It is relevant for Gender Studies and Middle East specialists.
Mehri Honarbin-Holliday is Research Fellow in international education at Canterbury Christ Church University and affiliated to the London Middle East Institute. She is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist exploring the intersections of gender, identity and art. She has exhibited her video and ceramic installations in Iran, Britain, Mexico and the United States and is the recipient of the 2007 National Award from the Art and Culture Secretariat, Tehran.