Evoking Sophia Loren in Iran

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by Farideh Farhi When I was a teenager in the 1960s growing up in Tehran, Hollywood had not yet monopolized stardom. We had a number of European stars to swoon and argue over. I myself was a Jean-Paul Belmondo fan.… Continue Reading  

More Women Protest by Removing their Hijabs

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by Aida Ghajar The trial of Narges Hosseini, one of Iran’s “Revolution Women,” began on the morning of Saturday, February 24. Hosseini has been charged with “encouraging immorality or prostitution,” “failing to observe hijab” and “flagrant commitment of a forbidden act.”… Continue Reading  

To Veil or Not to Veil—That is a Complex Question

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by Sussan Tahmasebi Over the last two years, countless trade and diplomatic delegations have traveled to Iran to kick off economic cooperation in diverse sectors from the auto industry and the gas and oil sector to agriculture. In fact, Iran… Continue Reading  

Burkas, Burkinis, Veils and Women’s Rights

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by Graham E. Fuller Symbolism matters. Especially when it comes to other people’s cultures. Most recently we see the old/new issue about Muslim women’s dress, especially now grabbing headlines in France where “Islamic beachwear” or the “burkini” (burka-bikini), has been… Continue Reading  

Iranian Women Tell Their Stories Through Photographs

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by Sanam Emami A veiled Iranian woman fixes her viewers with a fierce gaze. She shouts a muted song, and we can’t help but stare back. This portrait is part of the landmark exhibition “She Who Tells a Story: Women… Continue Reading