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Forum: Islamist Women Leaders of Iran: Escape From Freedom or From Tradition?

Forum: Islamist Women Leaders of Iran: Escape From Freedom or Tradition? Presentation by Janet Afary, Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies, Purdue University.
Forum: Islamist Women Leaders of Iran: Escape From Freedom or From Tradition?

Presentation by Janet Afary, Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

March 30 Saturday 2:00 pm

Harold Washington Library Center
400 S State St 7th Floor
Chicago Authors Room

Professor Afary applies the ideas of Erich Fromm on the authoritarian personality to an analysis of two conservative women who became important leaders of the anti-shah religious movement before 1979 and subsequently occupied important positions of influence and power after the Islamic Revolution. Her objective is to explore the paradox of these women who championed the worth of traditional gender roles but did not themselves conform to such roles in terms of their own lifestyles. Her insights help us to understand some of the complex gender and personality issues that arise in societies where traditional roles are in a process of being redefined on account of economic changes and the formation of new social classes.

Professor Afary is the author of "The Iranian Constitutional Revolution of 1906-11: Grassroots Democracy, Social Democracy, and the Origins of Feminism" (Columbia University Press 1996) which in 1999 was selected by a panel of scholars for "Iran Times" (Washington DC) as one of the twelve most informative books on modern Iran in the English language.

Sponsored by the Society in Focus series of the Chicago Public Library.
Free event. For more information, call 312-747-4600.
 
 

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