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Women and the Political Process in Twentieth-century Iran


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Introduction: Marginalisation of gender and approaches to women in Middle Eastern studies; Part I. The Discourse of Modernity: 1. Social diversity on women's issues in nineteenth-century Iran; 2. Women and the ear of constitutionalism; 3. Women and the era of nation building; 4. Women and the era of nationalism; 5. Women and the era of modernisation; Part II. The Discourse of Revolution: 6. Gender as a revolutionary discourse; 7. Women and the political transition from modernisation to Islamisation; Part III. The Discourse of Islamisation: 8. The Islamic construction of family; 9. Women and national participation in the Islamic Republic; 10. Policing the family; Conclusion.

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In a challenging and authoritative analysis, Parvin Paidar considers how Iranian women have been affected, and their position redefined, by the political transformations of twentieth-century Iran.


'Histories of modern Iran and the 1979 revolution in particular have dealt with gender marginally. Parvin Paidar's lucid study successfully demonstrates the centrality of women in the political process.' Shusha Guppy, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Paidar is a scholarly and thorough academic whose research covers an extensive range of Iranian and Western sources.' Haleh Afshar, Development and Change

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