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9781780769004

Family Law in Contemporary Iran Women's Rights Activism and Shari'a

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    9781780769004

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    1780769008

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-03-25
  • Publisher: INDEPENDENT PUB GROUP
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Summary

Passed into law over a decade before the Revolution, the Family Protection Law quickly drew the ire of the conservative clergy and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. In fact, it was one of the first laws to be rescinded following the revolution. The law was hardly a surprising target, however, since women's status in Iran was then – and continues now to be – a central concern of Iranian political leaders, media commentators, and international observers alike. Taking up the issue of women's status in a modern context, Marianne Bøe offers a nuanced view of how women's rights activist assert their rights within an Islamic context by weaving together religious and historical texts and narratives. Through Her substantial fieldwork and novel analysis, Bøe undermines both the traditional view of 'Islamic Feminism' as monolithic and clears a path to a new understanding of the role of women's rights activists in shaping and synthesizing debates on the shari'a, women's rights and family law. As such, this book is essential for anyone studying family law and the role of women in contemporary Iran.

Author Biography

Marianne Bøe is Researcher in the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Bergen, Norway, where she received her PhD. She has published widely on women's issues and religion, as well as on multiculturalism and Islam in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. The Family Protection Bill
2. Women's Rights Activism and Family Law Debates in Iran, 1900-present
3. Conceptions of Shari'a and Family Law
4. Conceptions of Dower, Polygyny and Temporary Marriage
5. Shifting Paradigms on Gender and Sexuality in Iran
6. Debating and Authenticating Conceptions of Family Law

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