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Women, Islam and Education in Iran

1st Edition

Edited by Goli M. Rezai-Rashti, Golnar Mehran, Shirin Abdmolaei


162 pages | 6 B/W Illus.

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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

About the Editors

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

About the Series

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education

Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education. The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

Please send inquiries and proposals to: Wayne Martino (wmartino@uwo.ca), Emma Renold (Renold@cardiff.ac.uk) and Matthew Friberg (matthew.friberg@taylorandfrancis.com).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Comparative
EDUCATION / Inclusive Education
RELIGION / Islam / Law