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From Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi, translated by Mattias Ripa & Blake Ferris, translation
Copyright (c) 2003 by L'Association, Paris, France. Used by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Women's Issues


What are the roles for women in Iranian society as depicted in the book?  How do Marjane, her mother, and grandmother both play into and resist those roles?

Although not required to wear a veil or burka in America, what other kinds of veils do we wear on a daily basis?  How does clothing restrict or liberate us? 


Beck, Lois, and Guity Nashat, eds. Women in Iran from 1800 to the Islamic Republic. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2004. HQ1735.2 .W655 2004

Derayeh, Minoo. Gender Equality in Iranian History: From Pre-Islamic Times to the Present. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen, 2006. HQ1735.2 .D47 2006

Heath, Jennifer, ed. The Veil: Women Writers on its History, Lore, and Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008.GT2112 .V45 2008

Joseph, Suad, and Susan Slyomovica. Women and Power in the Middle East. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. HQ1726.5 .W659 2001

Mahdavi, Pardis. Passionate Uprisings: Iran's Sexual Revolution. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2009. HQ27.M32 2008

Moallem, Minoo. Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Politics of Patriarchy in Iran. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. HQ1735.2 .M62 2005

Maghibi, Nima. Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. HQ1735.2.N34 2007

Najmabadi, Afsaneh. Women with Mustaches and Men Without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. HQ1735.2 .N35 2005

Osanloo, Arzoo. The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. HQ1236.5.I7O83 2009

Sanasarian, Eliz. The Women's Rights Movement in Iran: Mutiny, Appeasement, and Repression from 1900 to Khomeini. New York: Praeger, 1982. HQ1735.2 .S24 1982

Sedghi, Hamideh. Women and Politics in Iran: Veiling, Unveiling, and Reveiling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. HQ1735.2 .S43 2007

Shirazi, Faegheh. The Veil Unveiled: The Hijab in Modern Culture. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2001. GT2112 .S56 2001

Ludkte, Shirley, ed. Iran: Can Its Stories Be Told?  Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Summer 2009. http://www.nieman.harvard.edu/reportsitem.aspx?id=101460

Women’s Forum against Fundamentalism in Iran.  WFAFI. 2005. http://www.wfafi.org/

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