Conference: Islam, Gender and Society in Contemporary Iran

Drawing by Sara Emami
Drawing by Sara Emami

On 8 November, the Beyond Sharia team led by Professor of Persian and Iranian studies Asghar Seyed-Gohrab, is organising a conference on women's rights in Iran and the interrelations with contemporary cinema, poetry and society. Professor of Iranian Cinema Nacim Pak-Shiraz (University of Edinburgh), postdoctoral fellow Zhinia Noorian and Assistent Professor Pooyan Tamimi-Arab will speak. 

Women, Islam and Iranian intellectual history

In this scholarly gathering, we will discuss topical issues related to women, Islam, and Iranian intellectual history. We try to answer questions such as, why does the Islamic Republic set strict rules specifically for women? Are these rules Islamic or ideological? How do Iranian women transgress many of such limits to express themselves? What does the slogan ‘woman, life, liberty’ mean?

Fight for liberty and equality

Iranian women have been struggling for freedom and equal rights for more than a hundred years. However, the patriarchal ruling systems have ignored them, violently silenced them, or even have hijacked their efforts to legitimise their ideologies.

The recent uprising is a continuation of this fight for liberty and equality. The death of Mahsa Jina Amini was a spark, rekindling a fight against injustice, inequality, and compulsory hijab.

Start date and time
End date and time
Hybrid: on location (Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, Room 005) and online
Entrance fee

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