Becoming Visible in Iran: Women in Contemporary Iranian by Mehri Honarbin-Holliday

By Mehri Honarbin-Holliday

The nation of ladies in Islamic societies is the topic of a lot curiosity and heated debate, at the same time representations within the media depend upon insufficient details and misperceptions. turning into obvious in Iran disputes the common stereotypes approximately Muslim girls typical within the West, supplying a shiny account of younger women in modern Iran. starting at domestic, ladies are infusing dramatic swap via tough the patriarchal conceptions in their fathers, brothers, uncles and others in the intimate sphere of relations and residential. Empowered via schooling, they delivery the facility in their minds and being from the household to the general public and political. via exact interviews and impressive narratives, Mehri Honarbin-Holliday provides the reviews of those younger women who wield a key if oblique political effect at the likely male ruled politics of this society, as they in achieving a brand new visibility. For its direct presentation of women’s views in addition to its research and perception, this publication is an important contribution to our knowing of the lives of Muslim girls and the chances earlier than them at the present time.

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She and my mother were the first women in the family to ask for divorce; they were helped by the second round of the divorce laws legislated in 1937. Fahimeh Azam did it because her young husband was useless professionally, spent all his time on the roof feeding and training pigeons, and she did not love him. My mother did it because she did not love my father. The idea of a divorce because you don’t ‘love’ your husband, must have been revolutionary in the Labbaf household, and in the country. Ob- Histories, Transitions and Continuities 23 viously the two cousins were avant-garde in their ideas and did not wish to wait for ‘fate’ to guide their lives.

It was to become the most important teaching hospital for ear, nose and throat in the country with a team of the best professors in the field and their best students. Plastic surgery under Professor Ossanlu and ophthalmology were added shortly after. Learning was non-stop and the workload was demanding. I remember vividly in the first chemistry session our professor looked at each one of us in the room and firmly, and in no uncertain terms, told us that we had to distinguish between religion and science and that science alone ruled in that environment.

There were several 21 22 Becoming Visible in Iran small and large rooms above the kitchens. My Khanoom Bozorg lived in two rooms up a narrow staircase in the southern corner of the garden. She was the cleverest amongst her sisters in sewing by hand, and always had a couple of young girls as apprentices. She was often commissioned to create trousseaux, and sewed simple dresses to order all through her life. She also took orders for cotton indoor chadors in pretty patterns, outdoor thick black chadors, and embroidered cloths and bedding for weddings.

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