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Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society

Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian Society
Mehri Honarbin-Holliday

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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.

Author Info

Mehri Honarbin-Holliday is Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University and Fellow at the Centre for Gender Studies, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is the author of Masculinities in Urban Iran (I.B.Tauris, forthcoming).


‘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
Nadje Al-Ali, Centre for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

‘Timely, readable and well-informed ... [this book] 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 (SOAS), University of London

‘This 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

'...a fluid and colourful narrative told by women in Tehran.'
Feminist Review

'Provides a valuable insight into one of the more dynamic and hopeful aspects of life in the Islamic Republic of Iran.'
David Blow, Journal of the Iran Society

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
Series: International Library of Iranian Studies

ISBN: 9781780760865
Publication Date: 29 Apr 2013
Number of Pages: 232
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: 15 b/w integrated

ISBN: 9781845118785
Publication Date: 28 Feb 2009
Number of Pages: 224
Height: 216
Width: 134
Illustrations: fifteen b/w photographs

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