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Women, Work and Islamism: Ideology and Resistance in Iran (Ideology & resistance in Iran) [Paperback]

Maryam Poya
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1 Aug 1999 Ideology & resistance in Iran
This work explores Islamism in practice and looks at the influence of state, economy and religion on women in Iran. Drawing on original research into women's participation in the workforce, the author shows how the Islamization of state and society which followed the 1979 revolution involved an attempt by the Islamic state to seclude women within the home. Its power to transform gender relations, however, was constrained by many factors - the Iran-Iraq war, economic restructuring, and women's own,varied, responses to oppression. Despite continual state attempts to strengthen patriarchal relationships throughout society and to maintain a rigid sexual division of labour, women's participation in the labour force in 1999 is greater than it was before the revolution, and gender consciousness is at a higher level than at the height of westernization in the 1960s and 70s. Religious and secular women in urban areas have allied to demand reforms and forced the Islamic state to return to the position of the pre-1979 reforms in relation to women and the family.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zed Books Ltd (1 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856496821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856496827
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.9 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,578,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book 11 Nov 2009
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It's very informative book on the topic, specially considering the fact that there are not many books about Iran's recent history or social situation ...

Repeating a lot of Persian names (people, places, groups,...) I believe has made the reading a bit difficult but was very useful for getting the details and not just having an overview of Iran's situation ...

surely recommend reading it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 24 April 2000
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I thought this was an incredible book, it was better than any other book I have read abiut middle east women and how they are treated. I think everyone should read this book because people need to know what is going on in Iran. I am going to tell everybody I know about this book!
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