1st Edition

Women, Islam and Education in Iran

    176 Pages
    by Routledge

    176 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on the complexities and nuances in women’s education in relation to the aftermath of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, this edited collection examines implications of religious-based policies on gender relations as well as the unanticipated outcomes of increasing participation of women in education. With a focus on the impact of the Islamic Republic’s Islamicization endeavor on Iranian society, specifically gender relations and education, this volume offers insight into the paradox of increasing educational opportunities despite discriminatory laws and restrictions that have been imposed on women.


    Nelly P. Stromquist

    1. Introduction

    Goli M. Rezai-Rashti

    2. Female Education in the Islamic Republic of Iran:

    Understanding the Paradox of Tradition and Modernity

    Golnar Mehran & Fariba Adli

    3. The Voices of Female Students in Iranian Universities:

    The Unintended Consequences of University Education

    Goli M. Rezai-Rashti & Somayeh Fereidouni

    4. Gender Representations in Iranian School Textbooks

    Saeed Paivandi

    5. Protecting Men and the State:

    Gender Segregation in Iranian Universities

    Nazanin Shahrokni

    6. If not for the Revolution: How Higher Education Became an

    "Islamic Right" for Religious Iranian Women

    Alex Shams

    7. Shi’ite Women’s Seminaries in Iran: Possibilities and Limitations

    Keiko Sakurai

    8. The Education of Iranian Women: A Historical Investigation of

    Education and Unveiling (Kashf e Hijab)

    Faegheh Shirazi


    Goli M. Rezai-Rashti is Professor of Education and Women’s Studies at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

    Golnar Mehran is Professor of Education at Al-Zahra University, Iran.

    Shirin Abdmolaei is a Ph.D. student in Education at the University of Western Ontario, Canada