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1st Edition

Women, Islam and Education in Iran

ISBN 9780367660352
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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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