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Islamic politics and women's quest for gender equality in Iran.

Abstract

The unification of a strong and authoritarian state with religious laws and institutions after the 1979 revolution in Iran has resulted in the creation of a dualistic state structure in which non-elected and non-accountable state authorities and institutions-the majority of whom have not accepted either the primacy of democracy nor the premise of equality between men and women (or Muslims and non-Muslims)-are able to oversee the elected authorities and institutions. The central question posed by this paper is whether a religious state would be capable of democratising society and delivering gender equality. By analysing the regime's gender policies and political development, the paper suggests that, at least in the case of Iran and Shi'ism, the larger obstacle to gender (and minorities') equality has more to do with the undemocratic state-society relations that persist in Iran and less to do with the actual or potential compatibility (or lack thereof) of religious traditions or practices with democratic principles.

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    Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

    Source

    Third world quarterly 31:6 2010 pg 885-903

    MeSH

    Gender Identity
    History, 20th Century
    History, 21st Century
    Iran
    Islam
    Politics
    Social Change
    Social Conditions
    Women's Health
    Women's Rights

    Pub Type(s)

    Historical Article
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    20857567