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The death of Mahsa Amini last September kicked off a wave of unrest that persists to this day; Iranians are calling for change, and women’s rights are at the forefront. My research will focus on the role of Islamic law in the changing status of women’s social rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran between the 1979 Revolution and the present day, specifically in regards to family law, access to education and the regime’s mandatory veiling policy. I will discuss both the fundamentalist regime’s use of so-called Islamic principles to justify repressive policies against women and the major arguments used by reformers, nationally and internationally, against those policies. I will also look at to what extent the women’s movement in Iran has been successful in achieving legal reform in the past, and how the causes and rhetoric of today’s protests differ from those of previous reform movements.



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Islamic Law and Women in Iran