chapter  9
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Troubled relationships: women, nationalism and the Left movement in Iran


Women were the subject of the first major post-revolutionary political conflict in Iran. With the anti-veil protest marches, begun a day after the Ayatollah Khomeini’s pronouncement on Hejab on 7 March 1979, women emerged as the first open, progressive opposition to the fundamentalists’ political project, and posed a major challenge to Khomeini’s personal authority. For the first time, no political organization or party was able to take credit for the mobilization of women.