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1979 Generation: Homa Hoodfar on Feminism and Revolution

Homa Hoodfar

Picture: Women in Tehran march against the Hijab Law in 1979. (Hengameh Golestan)
Interviewed by Manijeh Nasrabadi
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Jadaliyya’s Iran Page brings Iranian feminist experiences of the 1979 revolution and its aftermath together in a new audio interview series.

In the first episode, Jadaliyya’s Iran Page co-editor, Manijeh Nasrabadi, interviews Homa Hoodfar on revolutionary upheaval, the contested role of women in the national liberation project and the meaning of feminism.

1979 Generation:

We are excited to introduce a new series of audio interviews in conjunction with the launching of Jadaliyya’s Iran Page. This series will focus on feminism and revolution by drawing on personal memory as well as activist and scholarly engagements. Iran Page co-editor, Manijeh Nasrabadi, will interview Iranian feminists who lived through the 1978-1979 revolution and whose experiences and insights contribute to a body of knowledge that is invaluable for understanding the revolution and politics in Iran today. We will invite our guests to tell their stories of revolutionary upheaval and the contested role of women in the national liberation project and to reflect on what feminism means to them. Our hope is to create an archive of the lived experiences of Iranian feminists of the "1979 generation" that can preserve their legacy and make it available to future generations.


Homa Hoodfar
Homa Hoodfar

Anthropologist and Professor Emerita at Concordia University

Homa Hoodfar is Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, at Concordia University, Montreal. Her field based research and expertise lies in legal anthropology; the anthropology of political economy; reproductive rights; Afghan women and youth refugees in Iran and Pakistan;  women in formal and informal politics; hijab and clothing as political institutions; gender and citizenship; Muslim women’s sports as politics; and gender and the public sphere in Muslim contexts.

Describing herself as an academic in the service of civil society, Professor Hoodfar has also been actively involved in Research and Publication Division  of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) Network’s whose mission is to promote gender equality and plural democracy, since 1980s. Being imprisoned  in Iran for her academic writings and charged with dabbling in feminism and security matters, in 2016, she has committed considerable effort in regenerating discussion on academic freedom as national and transnational rights in this era of research without border since her release.

Her publications include: Women’s Sport as Politics in Muslim Contexts WLUML(2015); Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance (edited with Anissa Hellie). London: Zed Books (2012);   Electoral Politics: Making Quotas work for women   London: WLUML (2011)  (co-authored with Mona Tajali).  The Muslim Veil in North America: issues and debates (Edited)  with Sajida Alvi, and Sheila McDonough, Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press (2003). Between Marriage and the Market, Berkeley: University of California Press(1997); Shifting Boundaries in Marriage and Divorce in Muslim Communities (1996)  (Special Dossier in Women and Law in the Muslim World Program), France: Women Living Under Muslim Laws (Edited Volume);  Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo: A View from the Household. (1996) (edited with Diane Singerman) Indiana University Press; and numerous articles and chapters based on her different research projects.

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