Action!

Interviews with Directors from Classical Hollywood to Contemporary Iran
Author: Gary Morris
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 9781843313137
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 370
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‘Action!’ presents nineteen outstanding interviews with directors past and present, from around the world, working in a variety of genres, budgets and production environments from major studios to indie and DIY. The result is a vibrant group portrait of the filmmaking art, a kind of festival in words that explores everything from the enormous creative and personal satisfactions to the challenges and frustrations of the process.

Islam and Gender

The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran
Author: Ziba Mir-Hosseini
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 9781850432685
Category: Muslim women
Page: 305
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How can justice for women be achieved in an Islamic society? Through a series of lively interviews with clerics in the Iranian religious centre of Qom, Ziba Mir-Hosseini explores the issue of gender with Islamic jurisprudence and examines how clerics today perpetuate and modify these notions.

Gender in Contemporary Iran

Pushing the Boundaries
Author: Roksana Bahramitash,Eric Hooglund
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 113682426X
Category: History
Page: 224
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This book examines gender and the transformation of contemporary Iran.€In particular it documents the changes in women's lives, challenging the idea that the revolution put back the clock for women and showing€how they have now become agents of social change rather than victims.

Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran


Author: Shahrough Akhavi
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780873954082
Category: History
Page: 255
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Indispensable for understanding the recent conflicts in Iran, Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran provides a political history of the fluctuating relationships between the Islamic clergy and Iranian government since 1925. How different factions of the clergy, or ulama first lost and then regained a powerful position in Iran is the subject of this book. Akhavi analyzes how various factions within the clergy have responded to the government's efforts to encourage modernization and secularization, giving particular attention to the changes in the madrasahs, or theological colleges. He examines the main themes of the AyatullaH Khymayni's book, Islamic Government, and concludes by examining the alignments among the clergy in the past that indicate how they may develop in the future.

Family Law in Contemporary Iran

Women's Rights Activism and Shari'a
Author: Marianne Boe
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1780769008
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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Taking up the issue of women’s status in a modern context, Marianne Bøe offers a nuanced view of how women’s rights activists assert their positions within an Islamic context. Passed into law over a decade before the Revolution, the Family Protection Law quickly drew the ire of the conservative clergy and the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. In fact, it was one of the first laws to be rescinded following the revolution. The law was hardly a surprising target, however, since women's status in Iran was then - and continues now to be - a central concern of Iranian political leaders, media commentators, and international observers alike. Through fieldwork and novel analysis, Boe undermines both the traditional view of 'Islamic Feminism' as monolithic and clears a path to a new understanding of the role of women's rights activists in shaping and synthesizing debates on the shari'a, women's rights and family law.

Contemporary Iran

Economy, Society, Politics
Author: Ali Gheissari
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195378490
Category: Political Science
Page: 376
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An imposing roster of internationally renowned Iranian scholars and rising young Iranian academics offer essays on the nature and evolution of Iran's economy, significant aspects of Iran's changing society, and the dynamics of its domestic and international politics since the 1979 revolution, focusing on the post-Khomeini period.

The Left in Contemporary Iran (RLE Iran D)


Author: Sepehr Zabir
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136812636
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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This book examines the structure and ideology of all the main leftist groups in Iran. It considers their role in the Revolution, and analyses their relations with Khomeini and his colleagues. It also explains why the majority of the leftist organisations had defected from the Islamic regime by the summer of 1981. A second important theme of the book is the way in which the Soviet Union responded to the treatment of the Left by the Islamic government. Based on extensive analysis of original source material in Farsi and other languages and numerous interviews with leftist leaders and participants, the book provides a detailed portrait of the Left in contemporary Iran.

Women's Autobiographies in Contemporary Iran


Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi,William L. Hanaway
Publisher: Harvard CMES
ISBN: 9780932885050
Category: Social Science
Page: 78
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Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity

Legal Philosophy in Contemporary Iran
Author: Ashk Dahlen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135943559
Category: Political Science
Page: 424
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This study analyses the major intellectual positions in the philosophical debate on Islamic law that is occurring in contemporary Iran. As the characteristic features of traditional epistemic considerations have a direct bearing on the modern development of Islamic legal thought, the contemporary positions are initially set against the established normative repertory of Islamic tradition. It is within this broad examination of a living legacy of interpretation that the context for the concretizations of traditional as well as modern Islamic learning, are enclosed.

Contemporary Iran


Author: Donald Newton Wilber
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Iran
Page: 224
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Navigating Contemporary Iran

Challenging Economic, Social and Political Perceptions
Author: Eric Hooglund,Leif Stenberg
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136488375
Category: Political Science
Page: 256
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This detailed examination of contemporary Iran addresses the most important current social, political, and economic issues facing the nation and the way it is perceived by the outside world. The volume brings together some of the most important scholars and researchers in the field, working in such diverse disciplines as anthropology, economics, history, international relations, philosophy, political science, and sociology, to offer a broad range of perspectives on the significance of three decades of changes for Iran’s current and near-term-future domestic and international politics. Drawing upon a wealth of original field research, the authors challenge conventional wisdom and simplistic media stereotypes about the Islamic Republic. The chapters reach beyond traditional images of the country to show that, as a consequence of thirty years of economic and social changes, the reality, or ‘essence’, of contemporary Iran is more complex and nuanced than is often portrayed in the international media. Offering valuable insights into Iran’s economic and social policies, as well as its politics, since the Islamic Revolution, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, sociology, and Iranian studies.

Contemporary Iran and Emerging Indo-Iranian Relations


Author: Girijesh Pant,Prakash Chand Jain,Aftab Kamal Pasha
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: India
Page: 199
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Papers presented at a seminar.

The Mystery of Contemporary Iran


Author: Mahnaz Shirali
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135147913X
Category: History
Page: 294
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The mystery of how an Islamic dictatorship came to power remains more than thirty years after the Islamic Republic's inception in Iran. The precise nature of a regime that calls itself both a republic and Islamic but is neither is little understood. The ayatollahs' unpopularity may have reached unprecedented heights, but their power seems more secure. Such paradoxes weigh heavily and judgments diverge. While public opinion wonders how an archaic theocratic regime could survive so long, some explain it in terms of Iran's continued modernization and the clergy's ability to reconcile itself with politics.Understanding the modernization process propelled by the Constitutional Revolution is difficult and raises questions. How and why could ideological Islam continue to dominate Iranian society since the late 1970s? How did it gain power and influence and overcome the reforms molded by the Constitutional Revolution? Mahnaz Shirali analyzes twentieth-century Iranian history to understand the Shiite clergy's role in a modernized country's social and political organization. She explains what enabled the clergy to take over prevailing political forces and gain control of the state.Studying Iran's history for the past one hundred years reveals the force of a religious conservatism opposing political modernity, repelling any attempt at democracy by Iranians, thanks to its constant metamorphoses. Shirali studies the curse of the Shiite clergy on political modernity. It is a convincing, in-depth criticism of the ideological Islam imposed on Iran.

Islamic Law and Governance in Contemporary Iran

Transcending Islam for Social, Economic, and Political Order
Author: Mehran Tamadonfar
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498507573
Category: Religion
Page: 386
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This book examines Islamization of the law in the Islamic Republic of Iran and surveys the evolution of institutions, processes, and policies of the regime.

Professing Selves

Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran
Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822377292
Category: Social Science
Page: 232
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Since the mid-1980s, the Islamic Republic of Iran has permitted, and partially subsidized, sex reassignment surgery. In Professing Selves, Afsaneh Najmabadi explores the meaning of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. Combining historical and ethnographic research, she describes how, in the postrevolutionary era, the domains of law, psychology and psychiatry, Islamic jurisprudence, and biomedicine became invested in distinguishing between the acceptable "true" transsexual and other categories of identification, notably the "true" homosexual, an unacceptable category of existence in Iran. Najmabadi argues that this collaboration among medical authorities, specialized clerics, and state officials—which made transsexuality a legally tolerated, if not exactly celebrated, category of being—grew out of Iran's particular experience of Islamicized modernity. Paradoxically, state regulation has produced new spaces for non-normative living in Iran, since determining who is genuinely "trans" depends largely on the stories that people choose to tell, on the selves that they profess.

Towards a Modern Iran

Studies in Thought, Politics and Society
Author: Elie Kedourie,Sylvia G. Haim
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135169055
Category: History
Page: 274
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First Published in 1980. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Iranian Writers Uncensored

Freedom, Democracy and the Word in Contemporary Iran
Author: Shiva Rahbaran,Nilou Mobasser
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781564786883
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 303
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As poet Mohammad Hoghooghi says, “[Writing] constitutes resistance. Because, in any age, the poet has been a protestor of a kind; resisting the thought-molds of the day. However, this protest might be political, it might be social, or it might even be philosophical. At any rate, the artist is at odds with the prevalent conduct and thinking of his age; this has always been the case.” The 1979 Revolution in Iran was meant to bring freedom, hope, and prosperity to an oppressed people, but the reality is well known—the poets and writers interviewed by Shiva Rahbaran speak instead of humiliation, despotism, war, and poverty. These interviews with poets and writers still living and working in Iran demonstrate their belief that literature's value is in opening spaces of awareness in the minds of the reader—and pockets of freedom in society.

Becoming Visible in Iran

Women in Contemporary Iranian Society
Author: Mehri Honarbin-Holliday
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 1780760868
Category: History
Page: 205
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'Becoming Visible in Iran' disputes the widespread stereotypes about Muslim women prevalent in the West, providing a vivid account of young women in contemporary Iran.

The New left in contemporary Iran


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 36
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Contemporary Iranian Art

From the Street to the Studio
Author: Talinn Grigor
Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 1780233094
Category: Art
Page: 256
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In the first comprehensive look at Iranian art and visual culture since the 1979 revolution, Talinn Grigor investigates the official art sponsored by the Islamic Republic, the culture of avant-garde art created in the studio and its display in galleries and museums, and the art of the Iranian diaspora within Western art scenes. Divided into three parts—street, studio, and exile—the book argues that these different areas of artistic production cannot be understood independently, revealing how this art offers a mirror of the sociopolitical turmoil that has marked Iran’s recent history. Exploring the world of galleries, museums, curators, and art critics, Grigor moves between subversive and daring art produced in private to propaganda art, martyrdom paraphernalia, and museum interiors. She examines the cross-pollination of kitsch and avant-garde, the art market, state censorship, the public-private domain, the political implications of art, and artistic identity in exile. Providing an astute analysis of the workings of artistic production in relation to the institutions of power in the Islamic Republic, this beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for anyone interested in Iranian history and contemporary art.