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One identity for all?

There are infinite ways of using “identity” to associate, relate and make sense of individuals, groups, states and cultures to the social world but in order to understand this multi facetted topic, it is vital to define its context to fully grasp a sense of the term. Read More »

Women Pre and Post Iranian Revolution

Iranian women have endured a long and struggling roller-coaster ride filled with inequality, segregation and torture. Perhaps they have yet to achieve their ultimate goal of equality, however Iranian women have not stopped fighting for their rights. In 1918 when women were demonstrating outside the parliament demanding equal rights, it was clear that they refused to accept inequality as a way of life. [1] In 1953, President Mossadegh submitted a bill to the parliament for gender equality however,  a handful of ayatollahs rejected the bill.[2] Finally in 1962, their efforts proved effective when voting rights were granted to women by the Shah. The Pahlavi era sought to discourage veiling of women and encouraged mixed participation in a variety of public gatherings. [3] Not everything was perfect for women but in comparison with other countries in the Middle East region where women lacked rights, Iranian women were ahead of the times ... Read More »

Women behind the veil

From a Western perspective, the role of a Middle Eastern woman is not only ambiguous but often times puzzling to understand as there are major gaps that restrict us from considering a full picture of them. Fortunately, this blurriness is slowly being cleared up as the growth of interest of women in the Middle East has been increasingly analyzed over the last decade. Read More »

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