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Becoming Visible in Iran
Women in Contemporary Iranian Society. International Library of Iranian Studies v. 14
The state of women in Islamic societies is the subject of much interest and heated debate, even as representations in the media rely on inadequate information and misperceptions. Becoming Visible in Iran disputes the widespread stereotypes about Muslim women prevalent in the West, providing a vivid account of young women in contemporary Iran. Beginning at home, women are infusing dramatic change by challenging the patriarchal conceptions of their fathers, brothers, uncles and others within the intimate sphere of family and home. Empowered by education, they transport their power from the domestic and the private to the public and political. Through detailed interviews and striking narratives, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday presents the experiences of these young women who wield significant indirect political influence on the seemingly male-dominated politics of Iran. For its direct presentation of women's perspectives as well as its analysis and insight, this book is a vital contribution to our understanding of the lives of Muslim women and the possibilities before them today.
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'This book will make a fresh contribution to the field of Middle East women's studies. It challenges prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions about Iranian women while providing an original and creative way of engaging with the material.' Nadje Al-Ali, The Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 'This book, based on the lived and complex experiences of a number of women in Iran, is an important contribution to our wider understanding of women's lives in Iran today. The narratives presented give meaning to concepts of identity, agency, and autonomy in a dynamic way not previously seen in [the study] of Iran... timely, readable and well-informed...it is essential reading for academics, activists, and policymakers, and indeed for all women in both Muslim majority and Muslim minority societies.' Dr Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 'The book ... gives a powerful sense of anticipation and of the collective ownership of broadened and shared horizons in the minds of Tehrani women. With profound integrity it illuminates Iranian women's intellectual preoccupations and aspirations under the Islamic regime.' Journal of Middle East Women's Studies