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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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Description

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 the power of their minds and beginning from the domestic to the public and political.Through detailed interviews and striking narratives, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday presents the experiences of these young women who wield a key if indirect political influence on the seemingly male dominated politics of this society, as they achieve a new visibility. 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.This title offers contemporary research on Iran.

It provides original fieldwork, including interviews with young Iranian women. It is relevant for Gender Studies and Middle East specialists.

Author Info

Mehri Honarbin-Holliday is Research Fellow in international education at Canterbury Christ Church University and affiliated to the London Middle East Institute. She is also a practicing interdisciplinary artist exploring the intersections of gender, identity and art. She has exhibited her video and ceramic installations in Iran, Britain, Mexico and the United States and is the recipient of the 2007 National Award from the Art and Culture Secretariat, Tehran.

Review

""A unique contribution to knowledge ... the reader is taken on a journey... We thus witness how the young women employ minds and bodies to articulate ideas and demand change at the family, legal and political levels. ... I highly recommend this well-researched book for its demystification of the lives and autonomy of women in the Muslim world, as well as its accessibility as a good and informative read for the general public worldwide.""
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London ""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 a 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 ""The book as a whole 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. It is tailored for a Western audience, providing background information for the events, stories, and women's narratives.""
Mastoureh Fathi, University of East London ""A unique contribution to knowledge ... the reader is taken on a journey... We thus witness how the young women employ minds and bodies to articulate ideas and demand change at the family, legal and political levels. ... I highly recommend this well-researched book for its demystification of the lives and autonomy of women in the Muslim world, as well as its accessibility as a good and informative read for the general public worldwide.""
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London ""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 a 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 ""The book as a whole 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. It is tailored for a Western audience, providing background information for the events, stories, and women's narratives.""
Mastoureh Fathi, University of East London "A unique contribution to knowledge ... the reader is taken on a journey... We thus witness how the young women employ minds and bodies to articulate ideas and demand change at the family, legal and political levels. ... I highly recommend this well-researched book for its demystification of the lives and autonomy of women in the Muslim world, as well as its accessibility as a good and informative read for the general public worldwide."
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London "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 a 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 "The book as a whole 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. It is tailored for a Western audience, providing background information for the events, stories, and women's narratives."
Mastoureh Fathi, University of East London "A unique contribution to knowledge ... the reader is taken on a journey... We thus witness how the young women employ minds and bodies to articulate ideas and demand change at the family, legal and political levels. ... I highly recommend this well-researched book for its demystification of the lives and autonomy of women in the Muslim world, as well as its accessibility as a good and informative read for the general public worldwide."
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London "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 a 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 "The book as a whole gives a powerful sense of anticipation and of the "A unique contribution to knowledge ... the reader is taken on a journey... We thus witness how the young women employ minds and bodies to articulate ideas and demand change at the family, legal and political levels. ... I highly recommend this well-researched book for its demystification of the lives and autonomy of women in the Muslim world, as well as its accessibility as a good and informative read for the general public worldwide."
Elaheh Rostami-Povey, Lecturer in Development Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London"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 a 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

Bibliographic Info

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

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

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

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