Feminist Theory Website

Feminism in Iran


Feminists on
Other Sites:

Mahnaz Afkhami

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Simin Behbahani

Shahla Ezazi

Haideh Moghissi

Internet Sites:

The homepage for the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation can be reached here.

There is a list of Iranian Women Authors located here.

You can read the journal, Iranian Women's Voice, here.


      Afary, Janet. The Iranian Constitutional Revolution, 1906-1911: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism. Columbia Univ. Press, 1996.

      Afkhami, Mahnaz. Women in Exile. SIGI, 1994. [You can read a summary of this book here.]

      Afkhami, Mahnaz. Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World. SIGI, 1994. [You can read a summary of this book here.]

      Afkhami, Mahnaz and Erika Friedl, ed. In the Eye of the Storm: Women in Post-Revolutionary Iran. Syracuse Univ. Press, 1994.

      Afkhami, Mahnaz and Erika Friedl, ed. Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation: Implementing the Beijing Platform. SIGI and Syracuse Univ. Press, 1997. [You can read a summary of this book here.]

      Afkhami, Mahnaz and Haleh Vaziri. Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies. SIGI, 1998. [You can read a summary of this book here.]

      Afshar, Haleh. Islam and Feminisms: An Iranian Case-Study. St. Martins Press, 1998.

      Baamdaad, Badr al-Mulauk. From Darkness into Light: Women's Emancipation in Iran. (out of print)

      Berenji, Parivash and Parisa Tashakori, "Independence Day: Women Rule a Village," WIN: Women's International Net, Issue 2 (Oct 1997). [You can read this article here.]

      Fernea, Elizabeth W., ed. Women and Family in the Middle East: New Voices of Change. Univ. of Texas Press, 1985.

      Fathi, Asghar, ed. Women and the Family in Iran. (out of print)

      Gocek, Fatma Muge and Shiva Balaghi. Reconstructing Gender in the Middle East: Tradition, Identity and Power. Columbia Univ. Press, 1994.

      Khalili, Laleh. "Diary: Absence: In Tehran you learn that an Islamic version of feminism thrives" The Iranian (15 Sept 1998). [You can read this article here.]

      Milani, Farzaneh. Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers. Syracuse Univ. Press, 1992.

      Moghissi, Haideh. Populism and Feminism in Iran: Women's Struggle in a Male-Defined Revolutionary Movement. St. Martins Press, 1996.

      Najmabadi, Afsaneh, ed. Women's Autobiographies in Contemporary Iran. Harvard Univ. Press, 1991.

      Paidar, Parvin. Women and the Political Process in Twentieth-Century Iran. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1997.

      Sanasarian, Eliz. The Women's Rights Movement in iran: Mutiny, Appeasement, and Repression from 1900 to Khomeini. Praeger Pub., 1982.

      Tabari, Azar and Nahid Yeganeh. In the Shadow of Islam: The Women's Movement in Iran. (out of print)

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