Elham on Armed Angels: Women in Iran
Mandana looks at women’s position in three separate and yet related periods. First, she examines the deep-rooted patriarchal relations in Iranian society between 1850 to the beginning of the Pahlavi dynasty, 1926. She argues that, prior to Islam, the male-dominated nature of society ensured that women exercised little control over their lives. She suggests that Iranian women’s oppression, and consequently their veiling, was largely due to prevailing social conditions rather than the moral teachings of the Koran.