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Crossing the Red Line. The Struggle for Human Rights in Iran.

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Published: 2007
Page #: xii + 175
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-56859-192-6

 
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This is a remarkable book.It chronicles the life of a woman in Iran— a leading feminist activist and human rights lawyer—under the monarchical and Islamic regimes. From such unique perspective, Mehranguiz Kar ties together micro and macro histories to provide a feminist, intellectual, and political portrait of Iran during the 1960s and after. The volume deserves to be read by both generalists and specialists on Islamic law and revolutionary change in Iran.

This book occupies a special place in the study of Iran and human rights. It is engaging because it tells the story from the perspective of a lawyer involved in the details of her work. It provides a deep insight into the historical processes of social change, demonstrating the current problems of an uneven world.

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Mehrangiz Kar

Mehrangiz Kar was born in 1944 in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz, Iran. She attended elementary, middle and high school in Ahvaz, leaving in 1953 to enter the Department of Law and Political Science at Tehran University. In 1957 she completed her studies and went to work at Sazman-e Ta'min-e Ejtemaii (the Institute of Social Security). In 1959 she married journalist named Siamak Pourzand. Before the Iranian revolution, Kar was active in the Iranian press, writing for such publications as Ferdowsi magazine on a wide variety of social issues of the day. Almost invariably, she was pictured alongside her articles without the hejab that has become de rigeur in contemporary Iran, sporting short hair. Following the revolution these images would be used against her. Mehrangiz Kar is an attorney, writer and activist working toward the promotion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights within the framework of Islamic law in Iran. She has been an active public defender in Iran’s civil and criminal courts, and has published regularly in several influential and independent Iranian journals. Ms. Kar has used international forums as a platform for voicing her opinions and advocating for the democratic, political, legal, constitutional, and human rights of the Iranian people. Until the year 2000, Kar continued to work on human rights cases brought up in the context of the Islamic Penal Code in particular. She wrote articles for the nascent reformist press as well as such publications as the pioneering monthly women’s review Zanan, worked as a human rights and women’s activist, as well as a researcher. A common theme throughout her work was the tension between the law on the books and core principles of human rights and human dignity. Throughout this time, the conservative press and the establishment blackened her reputation at every opportunity, accusing Kar of importing foreign ideas, Western vice and beyond. At least twice, she tried to initiate a women’s advocacy NGO but was denied permission to register it under the country’s laws. For a complete biography, log onto http://www.mehrangizkar.com/english/biography.php

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