Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

Parvenu Paidar, Women and the Political Process in Twentieth Century Iran (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1995).

This book argues that in neither the Pahlavi nor the Islamic eras have Iranian women enjoyed direct and independent control over the establishment of gender policies. “By destroying the independence of the women’s movement through cooption and coercion, both secular and Islamic states aimed to protect the nation...from the negative side effects of women’s social emancipation” (p. 358).

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How to cite this article:

Shiva Balaghi "Women and the Political Process in Twentieth Century Iran," Middle East Report 210 (Spring 1999).