Women and Suicide in Iran
Law, Marriage and Honour-Killing
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Drawing on feminist theory, as well as theory surrounding the correlation between poverty and suicide, this study explores the increased rate of suicide among women in western Iran. Based on empirical research, including interviews with women from the Kurdish region of the country, the author considers the marginalisation of Kurdish populations in Iran, the suppression of their rights, and violence against women in its various forms. With attention to family violence, such as direct physical or sexual assault, psychological bullying or through practices such as forced marriage or honour killings, the author also considers the political nature of such violence, as certain violent practices are enshrined in the Iranian constitution and legitimised in jurisprudential practice. A study of gendered violence and its effects, Women and Suicide in Iran will be of interest to scholars working in the fields of Sociology, Criminology and Middle Eastern Studies with interests in violence, gender and suicide.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Preface 1. Traditional Society and Violence against Women 2. Honour Killings and the Rule of Islamic Law 3. Child Marriage and Its Consequences: Poverty, Addiction, and Divorce 4. Marriage and Life after Divorce: Caught between Tradition, Poverty, and Suicide References
S. Behnaz Hosseini is a Visiting research fellowship in Centre for Studies in Religion & Society, University of Victoria in Canada and an Honorary Fellow in the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin College.