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The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran Arzoo Osanloo

The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran By Arzoo Osanloo

The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran by Arzoo Osanloo


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After the 1979 revolution, Iranian leaders transformed the state into an Islamic republic. This title explores how Iranian women understand their rights. It reveals that the postrevolutionary republic blended practices of a liberal republic with Islamic principles of equality.

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The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran by Arzoo Osanloo

In The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran, Arzoo Osanloo explores how Iranian women understand their rights. After the 1979 revolution, Iranian leaders transformed the state into an Islamic republic. At that time, the country's leaders used a renewed discourse of women's rights to symbolize a shift away from the excesses of Western liberalism. Osanloo reveals that the postrevolutionary republic blended practices of a liberal republic with Islamic principles of equality. Her ethnographic study illustrates how women's claims of rights emerge from a hybrid discourse that draws on both liberal individualism and Islamic ideals. Osanloo takes the reader on a journey through numerous sites where rights are being produced--including Qur'anic reading groups, Tehran's family court, and law offices--as she sheds light on the fluid and constructed nature of women's perceptions of rights. In doing so, Osanloo unravels simplistic dichotomies between so-called liberal, universal rights and insular, local culture. The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran casts light on a contemporary non-Western understanding of the meaning behind liberal rights, and raises questions about the misunderstood relationship between modernity and Islam.

The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran Reviews

The book is a valuable contribution to the studies of state-society interaction in the Islamic Republic of Iran.--G. Tezcur, Choice The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran is most appropriate for academic law libraries. It could, perhaps, prove a useful addition to a law firm library as well, particularly for a firm that serves a substantial clientele from an Iranian or Islamic background. The text is written at quite a high level, which prevents me from recommending it for all but the most scholarly types who also have a specific interest in the subject matter.--Kama Siegel, Law Library Journal For ... its much needed accessibility, attention to nuance, and analytic precision, The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran is a valuable contribution to a complex and conflicted field of inquiry.--Abbas Barzegar, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences [A] unique and effective first book... Osanloo's voice is fresh and provides a deeper insight into the question of women's rights.--Paola Rivetti, Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies Osanloo's book is a timely discussion that not only critiques the limitations of the Islamic Republic's stance on women's rights, but also queries the Western gaze and political agenda often viewing the non-Christian as the alien Other. It provides a fresh perspective on the ways in which contemporary urban women in Iran construct and articulate a discourse of 'rights' relevant to their lives.--Mehri Honarbin-Holliday, Feminist Review The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran is essential reading for human rights scholars, advocates (and sceptics alike), and practitioners who are grappling to find pathways beyond the stale and polarised discourses concerning human rights in Iran.--Sevda Clark, Nordic Journal of Human Rights

About Arzoo Osanloo

Arzoo Osanloo is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and in Law, Societies, and Justice Program at the University of Washington. Previously, she worked as a human rights attorney, practicing asylum and immigration law.

Table of Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xvii INTRODUCTION: Human Rights and Cultural Practice 1 CHAPTER ONE: A Genealogy of Women's Rights in Iran 20 CHAPTER TWO: Producing States: Women's Participation and the Dialogics of Rights 42 CHAPTER THREE: Qur'anic Meetings: Doing the Cultural Work 75 CHAPTER FOUR: Courting Rights: Rights Talk in Islamico-Civil Family Court 108 CHAPTER FIVE: Practice and Effect: Writing/Righting the Law 138 CHAPTER SIX: Human Rights: The Politics and Prose of Discursive Sites 166 CONCLUSION: Women's Rights as Exhibition at the Brink of War 200 APPENDIX: The Iranian Marriage Contract 209 Notes 211 Glossary 227 Bibliography 231 Index 251

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CIN0691135479VG
9780691135472
0691135479
The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran by Arzoo Osanloo
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Princeton University Press
20090329
280
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