Family Law in Contemporary Iran: Women's Rights Activism and Shari'a

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Bloomsbury Academic, 30. jan. 2015 - 288 sider

Taking up the issue of women’s status in a modern context, Marianne Bøe offers a nuanced view of how women’s rights activists assert their positions within an Islamic context.

Passed into law over a decade before the Revolution, the Family Protection Law quickly drew the ire of the conservative clergy and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. In fact, it was one of the first laws to be rescinded following the revolution. The law was hardly a surprising target, however, since women's status in Iran was then - and continues now to be - a central concern of Iranian political leaders, media commentators, and international observers alike.

Through fieldwork and novel analysis, Boe undermines both the traditional view of 'Islamic Feminism' as monolithic and clears a path to a new understanding of the role of women's rights activists in shaping and synthesizing debates on the shari'a, women's rights and family law.

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Marianne Boe is an historian of religion who received her PhD in the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion and the Centre for Women's and Gender Studies, University of Bergen. She has published widely on women's issues and religion, as well as on Muslim family law and Islam

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