Women in Iran

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1. Women's rights in Iran have for many years been a very controversial and heated topic. The way women live and are viewed by men in Iran has changed in so many ways throughout the end of the twentieth century leading into current day. Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was the last Shah of Iran and throughout his attempt to westernize his country he was overthrown by the Iranian Revolution, also known as the Islamic Revolution, on February 11th, 1979.[1] Religious rulers took over and influenced the Sharia Law, which are decisions on how to live life by studying religious texts. Ever since this change women have faced a struggle to survive in harsh conditions every day of their lives. Inequality between Iranian men and women is a major …show more content…
This allows women to face discrimination in all walks of life, and which allows men the authority to exercise their power without any fear of being held accountable for their actions. The Sharia or Islamic law defines the roles of women which are that women are not equal to men when it comes to inheritance, but men and women are equal before God when it comes to their religious duties and the second is that women are placed under the protection and care of men. It says that men are not superior to women and that in the beginning men did not come before women and visa versa and that woman were not created for the purpose of man, but created in the unity of man.[11] After the Revolution, the attitude toward women by men has been condescending.[12] Although the Hadith states that women are "morally defective", it must ignore the fact that the vast individuals jailed for murder, rape, child abuse, etc. are men. The problem is that the laws have been derived from the words of men and not the words of God in which were intended. The Qur’an says “O Mankind, keep your duty to your Lord who created you from a single soul and from it created its mate (of same kind) and from them twain has spread a multitude of men and women”.[13] Women in Islamic culture had a monopoly over the textile industry, mainly spinning and embroidery.[14] Muhammad said that women’s work in the household was extremely important and that “Muslim women establish

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