As soon as the Islamic Republic was firmly established in Iran, the government began to rewrite the laws relating to women's behaviour. Attempts were made to force women out of the job market, and the veil and other Islamic tenets were enforced in the home, office and streets. Yet women have constantly challenged the attempt to socialize them into fundamentalist norms and have reasserted themselves in both the economy and the arts. This detailed study sets out to transcend the stereotypes and misinformation which often permeate discussions of the condition of Iranian women. The contributors cover topics such as: education; the labour market; temporary marriage; the commoditization of female sexuality; the representation of women in literature and film; parliamentary debates on women's issues; and the strategies used by women to maintain a modicum of control over their own affairs in a male-defined and male-dominated society.
Women in post-revolutionary Iran - a feminist perspective, Mahnaz Afkhami; women's education in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Patricia J. Higgins and Pirouz Shoar-Ghaffari; the status of women and female children in Iran - an update from the 1986 census, Akbar Aghajanian; the Majles and women's issues in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Haleh Esfandiari; commoditization of sexuality and female labour participation in Islam - implications for Iran, 1960-1990, Fatemeh E. Moghadam; temporary marriage - an Islamic discourse on female sexuality in Iran, Shahla Haeri; images of women in classical Persian literature and the contemporary Iranian novel, Azar Naficy; veiled vision / powerful presences - women in post-revolutionary Iranian cinema, Hamid Naficy; sources of female power in Iran, Erika Friedl.
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