This book examines the women's movement in Iran and its role in contesting gender relations since the 1979 revolution. Looking at examples from politics, law, employment, environment, media and religion and the struggle for democracy, this book demonstrates how material conditions have important social and political consequences for the lives of women in Iran and exposes the need to challenge the dominant theoretical perspectives on gender and Islam. A truly fascinating insider's look at the experiences of Iranian women as academics, political and civil society activists, this book counters the often inaccurate and misleading stereotyping of Iranian women to present a vibrant and diverse picture of these women's lives. A welcome and unique addition to the vibrant and growing literature on women, Islam, development, democracy and feminisms.

chapter 1|16 pages


ByElaheh Rostami-Povey

chapter 2|18 pages

The Women’s Movement in its Historical Context

ByElaheh Rostami-Povey

chapter 3|18 pages

The Boom in Women’s Education

ByKhadijeh Aryan

chapter 5|18 pages

Women and Employment

chapter 6|16 pages

Women, Gender Roles, Media and Journalism

ByLily Farhadpour

chapter 7|14 pages

Women Working as Judges and Making Judicial Decisions

ByJamileh Kadivar

chapter 8|16 pages

Women and Executive Power

ByJamileh Kadivar

chapter 9|16 pages

Women in the Parliament

ByElaheh Koolaee

chapter 10|16 pages

Women and the Environment: A Politico-Environmental Experience

ByMassoumeh Ebtekar

chapter 12|14 pages

Conclusion: Women’s Movements and Democracy Movements in Iran

ByTara Povey