Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Action and Reaction

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Apr 21, 2011 - Political Science - 272 pages
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Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran looks at the rise and role of female activism in Iran since the 1979 Revolution.

Since 1979 women have played a decisive role in elections and assumed political posts. This study assesses this role as well as the impact of domestic and international policies on women's activism, highlighting the contradictions between politics and religion within the Islamic Republic. It also seeks to evaluate political and economic developments and the transformations in civil society, including the development of a gender conscious society.

Women and Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran features original research by Sanam Vakil, an Iranian-American scholar, who conducted interviews with women activists, politicians, journalists, clerics and students in Iran, Europe and the U.S. and used primary sources to specifically links women's activism to the domestic political changes in Iran.

The book will be an essential resource for anyone studying Iranian politics and seeking to understand better the internal political and social dynamics in Iran and the critical role that women play.
 

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Contents

A Female Awakening Through a Century of Struggle
1
2 The Revolutionary Century Through the Eyes and Lives of Women
23
The Paradox and Politics of Religion
44
The Road to Reform
99
The Momentum and Challenge of Reform
135
Claim Making and Stagnating Reform
168
8 The Circles of Confrontation Conciliationand Contradiction
198
Selected Bibliography
216
Highlights of the Gains and Losses in Womens Activism 19602010
240
Index
243
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Sanam Vakil is an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Bologna, Italy. She also taught as an assistant professor at SAIS in Washington, D.C., was a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations and a consultant to the World Bank. Born in Tehran, Iran, Dr. Vakil has published commentaries in many papers, including the Financial Times and the Washington Quarterly. She has consulted on Middle Eastern affairs for BBC, CNN, NPR and ABC.

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