The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran

by Arzoo Osanloo (Author)

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Osanloo's original argument is that despite official rejection by the Islamic Republic of a discourse of rights as Western, liberal notions of rights are almost hegemonic in Iran today. Through wonderful fieldwork in Tehran's family court, lawyers' offices, and even the Islamic Human Rights Commission, she reveals how this has come about. She analyzes not only the force of the international politics of rights for a country that tied women's status to national identity, but also the surprising ways that Iran's unique system of civic-religious law has produced women with a keen sense of themselves as rights-bearing subjects. This is legal anthropology at its best and an extraordinary contribution to Middle East gender studies. (Lila Abu-Lughod, author of "Dramas of Nationhood: The Politics of Television in Egypt" )
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Language English
Format Hardcover
Pages 272
Publisher Princeton U. Press
Publication Date 2009
ISBN 978-0691135472
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