Instructor: Mehrangiz Kar
A widespread and longstanding struggle for gender equity and reform within the family unit characterizes contemporary Iranian history. This course will introduce students to Iranian Laws and the historical, socio-cultural, Islamic, and political aspects of its construction before, during, and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. We will study the debates around the contested applications of Sharia Laws on family and personal status laws. We will examine laws pertaining to marriage, polygamy, divorce, child custody, inheritance, and labor and reproduction rights. We will also analyze contemporary Iranian voices of reform, including the approaches of Muslim women rights activists to equality, secularity, and modernity as well as the Campaign for One Million Signatures.