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Gender in Contemporary Iran

Pushing the Boundaries, 1st Edition

Edited by Roksana Bahramitash, Eric Hooglund


208 pages

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This book examines gender and the dynamics of social change in contemporary Iran, documenting the changes in women’s lives and showing how women have now become agents of social change rather than victims.

Bringing together the detailed primary research of a number of eminent scholars working in Iran, this collection provides unique perspectives on the past decade in Iranian society. Chapters document and examine how different Iranian groups and classes are negotiating, resisting, and pressing for political and social change, to explore the complexity of a society that often is portrayed in monolithic stereotypes in the international media. Thematically arranged sections explore discourses around gender and the impact of these discourses on women; the gendered impact of educational, employment, communications, and cultural changes; changing gender attitudes among the post-revolutionary generation of youth; and the ways economic changes have been affecting women.

Providing an important basis for understanding social and political developments in a country that has been a focus of international attention for much of the last decade, this collection will be an important reference for scholars of Iranian studies, gender studies, political science and sociology.


"A thoughtful, insightful look at women's position in Iran today. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above."--A. Rassam, CHOICE (January 2012)

"This is a collection with interesting articles, which one hopes will reach a wider audience. Most of the articles included in this collection will be appropriate for upper level undergraduates and graduate students." -- Vika Gardner, Allegheny College, in the Journal of International and Global Studies, 3:1, (November 2011)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for a Gendered Analysis of Contemporary Iran Roksana Bahramitash and Eric Hooglund 1. Authority, Modernity and Gender-Relevant Legislation in Iran Louise Halper 2. Gendering Shi’ism in Post-revolutionary Iran Azadeh Kian 3. Women and Social Protest in the Islamic Republic of Iran Fatemeh Etemad Moghadam 4. Exploring Women’s Experience of Higher Education and the Changing Nature of Gender Relations in Iran Goli M. Rezai-Rashti 5. Exclusionary Cartographies: Gender Liberation and the Iranian Blogosphere Niki Akhavan 6. Areas of Iranian Women’s Voice and Influence Jaleh Taheri 7. Post-revolutionary Iranian Youth: Case of Qom and the New Culture of Ambivalence Farhad Khosrokhavar 8. Changing Attitudes among Women in Rural Iran Eric Hooglund 9. Women’s Employment Trends: Advance or Retreat? Roksana Bahramitash & Shala Kazemipour 10. Extra-lagal/Informal Settlements: Does Gender Matter Roksana Bahramitash & Zohreh Fanni 11. Iran in a Regional Context: Socio-Demographic Transformations and Effects on Women’s Social Status Elhum Haghighat-Sordellini

About the Editors

Roksana Bahramitash is Research Director at the Canada Research Chair of Islam, Pluralism and Globalization at the University of Montreal, Canada.

Eric Hooglund is Senior Research Scholar in Contemporary Interpretations of Islam and Muslim Cultures in the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University, Sweden.

About the Series

Iranian Studies

Since 1967 the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS) has been a leading learned society for the advancement of new approaches in the study of Iranian society, history, culture, and literature. The new ISIS Iranian Studies series published by Routledge will provide a venue for the publication of original and innovative scholarly works in all areas of Iranian and Persianate Studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies