Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet (Author)

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While Iranian women have most frequently been viewed through the politics of veiling, Conceiving Citizens interprets modern Iranian politics and society through the history of women's health and sexuality. Drawing on archival documents and manuscript sources from Iran and elsewhere, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet illustrates how debates over hygiene, reproductive politics, and sexuality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries explained demographic trends and put women at the center of nationalist debates. Exploring women's lives under successive regimes, she chronicles the hygiene campaigns that cast mothers as custodians of a healthy civilization; debates over female education, employment, and political rights; government policies on contraception and population control; and tensions between religion and secularism.

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Additional Information

Category Discovering Iran, History,
Language English
Format Paperback
Pages 320
Publisher Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date 2011
Edition First
ISBN 978-0195308877


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Conceiving Citizens: Women and the Politics of Motherhood in Iran

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