Narratives that pit secular protesters against a religious regime do not necessarily explain the protests in Iran or what they are calling for.
Increasing numbers of Iranians want a government of the people, not a monarchy or an Islamic theocracy.
Iranian women have often used images of actions such as singing and dancing unveiled to show what freedom means to them and to protest the Islamic Republic’s gender oppression.
Morality police first appeared in Iran soon after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. But similar forces were present in parts of the Middle East even prior to the date.
Protests over the death in custody of Mahsa Amini have gone global. But in Iran there is a unique version, known as ‘amameh parani’, targeting a garment sacred to Shi’a clerics.
The veil as a symbol of oppression has once again moved to center stage in Iran, but it’s important to know about the history of veiling – and mandatory unveiling.
Iran’s constitution guarantees human rights but its government doesn’t.
As calls for greater freedom grow, the author examines how secularism might work in Iran.
Iranian women have a long history of campaigning for their rights. The latest protests bring together a host of religious and gender groups suppressed by the country’s clerical regime.
In a range of ways, young Iranian women – with the support of men – are working to change their lives and with that, their country.
A powerful protest movement has taken hold in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini. It may affect change, but it is up against a ruthless regime that will not easily relinquish control.
Controversy of veils goes back more than a century, a scholar of Iran explains.
In 1979 the decision of military commanders not to fire on protesters led to the revolution. There is no sign of that yet.
Protesters call for a change in rules over what women are forced to wear in Iran. An expert tells us what the law says.
Imposing restrictions on women has been a way for many countries to demonstrate to the world what policies they want to pursue.
Data shows that more than half of Iranian women oppose the compulsory wearing of hijabs and that the vast majority oppose an Islamic Republic.
Women have long demanded change in Iran. In the aftermath of the death of a woman for a hijab violation, women protesters may be leading their country to a freer and more just society.
Feminist campaigners are using the internet to challenge the conservative establishment and empower Arab women.
The Québec government thought it would Charter-proof its religious symbol law when it invoked the nothwithstanding clause. It was wrong.
Under Indonesian rules designed to protect religious freedom, female Muslim students are not compelled to wear “Muslim attire”. But those regulations are often interpreted differently by schools.