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From Darkness Into Light: Women's Emancipation in Iran.

Translated from the Persian by F. R. C. Bagley. New Introduction by Nasrin Rahimieh

Series: Mazda Publishers Reprints 4
Availability: In stock
Published: 2013
Page #: xx + 140
Size: 5.5.x 8.5
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1568592930, 1-56859-293-0
appendix, bibliography, notes

 
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From Darkness into Light, an English translation of a two-volume work written in Persian by Badr ol-Moluk Bamdad, provides an overview of the status of women in Iran between the Constitutional Revolution (1905-11) and the White Revolution (1963). Published before the advent of the Islamic Republic, this book offers invaluable insights into the process of modernization that enabled Iranian women to receive a public education and to advocate for greater recognition before the law. Bamdad’s first-hand experience of women’s seclusion and their entrée into public life makes her a passionate advocate of women’s rights and an enthusiastic supporter of the reforms instituted by the Pahlavi monarchy (1925-1979). Her unconditional endorsement of measures introduced by Reza and Mohammad Reza Shah, do not acknowledge any dissent and gloss over difficult chapters of Iran’s experience of Westernization. From today’s vantage point we can see what Bamdad refused to acknowledge. She was a defender of a rapid pace of social, legal, and cultural reforms and she saw a nation united under the banner of modernity and progress. Her work is an important document that belongs in the archives of modern Iranian cultural history.

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Badr ol-Moluk Bamdad

Badr ol-Moluk Bamdad was born in Tehran in 1905. She received her primary education at home since at the time there were no public schools for girls. She attended the Women’s Teacher Training College in 1918 where she later assumed the chair of the domestic science. From the age of fourteen she contributed articles to various periodicals and newspapers and later she authored books. In 1935 she was among the first group of women who entered the University of Tehran where she obtained a bachelor of education in 1940. In 1948 she received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Upon her return to Iran she continued her work as a pioneering educator and she founded the Women’s League of Supporters of the Declaration of Human Rights. She served as the president of the Civil Rights Committee of the High Council of Iranian women and she remained a passionate supporter of women’s rights.

Introduction by Nasrin Rahimieh

Translator’s Preface

A Note on the Authoress

Chapter I.
Equality of Rights-- A Long-Standing Human Aspiration

Chapter II.
Iranian Women in Bygone Days

Chapter III.
The Constitutional Revolution (1906-1911) and Women’s Awakening

Chapter IV.
After the First World War

Chapter V.
The Daybreak

Chapter VI.
Troubled Times

Chapter VII.
The Winning of Equal Rights

Appendices:

A. Some Poems

B. Publications edited by women (1909-1969)

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