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Women Workers in Modern Iran’, Iranian Studies 33(3–4) (Summer/Fall). Moghissi, H, 1999. Feminism and Islamic Fundamentalism: The Limits of Postmodern Analysis. London and New York: Zed Books. , 2001. ‘International Feminist Movements’, in H. , 2007. Rethinking Global Sisterhood: Western Feminism and Iran. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. , 2005. Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

According to these reforms, a man could marry a second wife only with the permission of the court. In 1975 the consent of the first wife was added, unless she was unable to have sexual relations with her husband or unable to bear children. The first wife also had the right to seek divorce if her husband married a second wife. A woman could apply for divorce if her husband was unable to have sexual relations with her, was unable to provide for her, ill-treated her, suffered from a contagious disease, abandoned her or was insane.

Our reading of our own history told us that we had to act quickly. The stubborn and bullying attitude of the American government as it confronted the Islamic Revolution made it clear that we had few alternatives left to consider. Action was our only choice (Ebtekar and Reed 2000: 52). These students, including large numbers of young women, challenged the idea of American superiority in the world. Within days they released women and African American men to show their respect for women and black Americans.

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