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Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica law relating to gender and the family, women's rights in Iran suffered a major setback. However, as the implementers of the law have faced the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, positive changes have gradually come about. Here Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the heart of the growing debates concerning the ways in which justice for women should be achieved. Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious center of Qom, she seeks to understand the varying notions of gender that inform Islamic jurisprudence and to explore how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions.

Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject matter, the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated and working in the West, with Shii'i Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders.

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Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica law relating to gender and the family, women's rights in Iran suffered a major setback. However, as the implementers of the law have faced the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, positive changes have gradually come about. Here Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the heart of the growing debates concerning the ways in which justice for women should be achieved. Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious center of Qom, she seeks to understand the varying notions of gender that inform Islamic jurisprudence and to explore how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions.

Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject matter, the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated and working in the West, with Shii'i Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xxi

Note on Language xxiii

Introduction 3

Gender in Islam: The Need for Clarity 3

Perspectives on Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran 7

Narrative and Debate in Ethnographic Writing 10

Religious Authority and Knowledge in Post-Revolutionary Iran 11

Ethnography of Gender Debates in Qom: The Organization of the Book 17

PART ONE: THE TRADITIONALISTS: GENDER INEQUALITY 21

Introduction to Part One 23

One Women Ignored: Grand Ayatollah Madani 26

"The Way of Rulings on Marriage and Divorce" 30

"Newly Created Problems" 31

Ayatollah Madani in 1997 47

Two Women Politicized: Ayatollah Azari-Qomi 49

"Women's Image in the Islamic Order 51

"The Personality of Wooman in Comparison to Man" 58

"Duties of Wives and Husbands toward Each Other" 63

The "Culture of Hejab" 65

"Response to Your Questions" 71

Ayatollah Azari-Qomi in 1997 78

PART TWO: THE NEO-TRADITIONALISTS: GENDER BALANCE 81

Introduction to Part Two 83

Three Women Represented: Discussions with Payam-e Zan 86

The Discussion Begins 88

A Visit to the Shrine in Qom 110

Four Equality or Balance: Redefining Gender Notions in the Shari'a 112

The Second Session with Payam-e Zan 115

Five Women Reconsidered: Ayatollah Yusef Sane'i 144

Discussion with Ayatollah Sane'i 147

After the Meeting 168

Six Agreeing to Differ: Final Meeting with Payam-e Zan 170

The Final Session 172

A Second Visit to the Shrine 207

Payam-e Zan in 1997 208

PART THREE: THE MODERNISTS: TOWARD GENDER EQUALITY 211

Introduction to Part Three 213

Seven Challenges and Complicities: Abdolkarim Sorush and Gender 217

Sorush's Lectures on Women 222

Sorush in London 237

Eight Gender Equality and Islamic Jurisprudence: The Work of Hojjat ol-Eslam Sa'idzadeh 247

Sa'idzadeh in 1997 268

Conclusion 273

Glossary 281

Bibliographic Essay 283

Bibliography 287

Index 303

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691010045
Author:
Mir-Hosseini, Ziba
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Author:
Mir-Hosseini, Ziba
Location:
Princeton, NJ :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women's rights
Subject:
Iran
Subject:
Women in islam
Subject:
Muslim women
Subject:
Islamic theology
Subject:
Shi'ah
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Women's rights -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Subject:
Women -- Iran.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics Paperback
Series Volume:
FS-081-98
Publication Date:
November 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979 and the re-introduction of Sharica law relating to gender and the family, women's rights in Iran suffered a major setback. However, as the implementers of the law have faced the social realities of women's lives and aspirations, positive changes have gradually come about. Here Ziba Mir-Hosseini takes us to the heart of the growing debates concerning the ways in which justice for women should be achieved. Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious center of Qom, she seeks to understand the varying notions of gender that inform Islamic jurisprudence and to explore how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions.

Mir-Hosseini finds three main approaches to the issue: insistence on "traditional" patriarchal interpretations based on "complementarity" but "inequality" between women and men; attempts to introduce "balance" into traditional interpretations; or a radical rethinking of the jurisprudential constructions of gender. She introduces the debates among the commentators by examining key passages in both written and oral texts and by narrating her meetings and discussions with the authors. Unique in its approach and its subject matter, the book relates Mir-Hosseini's engagement, as a Muslim woman and a social anthropologist educated and working in the West, with Shii'i Muslim thinkers of various backgrounds and views. In the literature on women in Islam, there is no account of such a face-to-face encounter, either between religion and gender politics or between the two genders.

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