The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman: Gender, State Policy, and Popular Culture, 1865-1946 / Edition 1

The Making of the Modern Iranian Woman: Gender, State Policy, and Popular Culture, 1865-1946 / Edition 1

by Camron Michael Amin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813024714

ISBN-13: 9780813024714

Pub. Date: 06/28/2002

Publisher: University Press of Florida

The Women's Awakening Project in late 1930s Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi is the focus of this historical look at the emergence of the modern concept of womanhood in Iran. Amin's extensive research confirms that Reza Shah's controversial attempt to forcibly westernize Iranian women, and not the pre-revolutionary 1970's, marked the turning point for "the woman question"…  See more details below

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The Women's Awakening Project in late 1930s Iran under Reza Shah Pahlavi is the focus of this historical look at the emergence of the modern concept of womanhood in Iran. Amin's extensive research confirms that Reza Shah's controversial attempt to forcibly westernize Iranian women, and not the pre-revolutionary 1970's, marked the turning point for "the woman question" in Iran.

Drawing on a combination of archival data, oral history, diplomatic sources, and contemporary press reports, Amin's is the first book to explore the Women's Awakening Project in such detail. By illustrating Reza Shah's efforts both to emancipate and to control Iranian women, the book raises new questions about the relationship between the Iranian state and its female citizens. Amin breaks new ground in the study of Iranian history by examining the links between state policy, popular culture, and individual memory. This highly readable book also provides crucial background for understanding the current debate between "hardliners" and "reformers" in Iran.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813024714
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
First
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Preface
1The "Women's Awakening" Reconsidered1
2Tradition and Renewal16
3Imagining the Modern Iranian Woman48
4Unveiling and Its Discontents80
5Renewal's Bride114
6The Capable Woman142
7The Limits of Emancipation189
8Breaking with Male Guardianship215
9The Legacy of the Women's Awakening246
Notes255
Bibliography301
Index313

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