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Domestic Violence in Iran

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Introduction 1. Theories Regarding the Roots of Violence Against Women 2. Power, Knowledge and Subjectivity in Relation to Domestic Violence Against Women in Iran 3. Methodology 4. Sanction and Sanctuary: The Judicial System in Iran and its Role in Relation to Domestic Violence Against Women 5. Women's Experiences, Perceptions and Understanding of Domestic Violence 6. Men's Perceptions and Understanding of Domestic Violence 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Zahra Tizro is a Lecturer in psychology in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St. John University, UK. Her research interests span a broad range of topics including domestic violence, gender studies, health studies, critical social psychology, Middle Eastern and Iranian studies.


"This volume is a path breaking work in dealing not only with silences concerning domestic violence in Iran where women are concerned, but also with men and the different ways that they approach this in Iran. In particular the interviews with men in the northern region, Tizro ventures into a difficult and unexplored terrain. The work is revealing and sheds light not only on the dilemmas faced by men and women in the specific case studies, but also those living in societies and within cultures that define sexual control as a male prerogative. In Iran as in the rest of the world these views are contextualised in judicial and legal as well as cultural contexts that both support and perpetuate violence. Though particularly important to those concerned with women in the Middle East an the Muslim world, the work also sheds light on the communality of experiences of both physical as well as psychological and cultural violence against women across the world and outlines the different ways that these have been contextualised in Islam and practised in Iran." - Haleh Afshar "Dr. Tizro has written a very important and ground-breaking book on domestic violence in Iran: Domestic Violence in Iran: Women, Marriage and Islam. (Routledge.) As the first book about domestic violence in Iran, this study is of great significance."- Dr Mary Hegland, Santa Clara University

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