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Ziba Mir-Hosseini

[Women] want the same things that everyone wants. They want love, they want happiness, they want to be able to work, to be out in the world. And what's happening is, as more of these women are educating themselves, the sheer groundswell of it coming from below is forcing a change. So it's not a question of the government making concessions to these women -- it's women forcing concessions from below.

Marriage Among the Mullahs

photo of Ziba Mir-Hosseini Photo Credit: Nora Feller/ASMA

Known For: Scholar, Anthropologist, Shura Council Member
Country: United States

About

Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender, and development. She has a BA in Sociology from Tehran University (1974) and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge (1980). She is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London. She has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships, including a fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004-5) and Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York University (2002-8). Dr. Mir-Hosseini is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.

Her publications include Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law in Iran and Morocco (I. B. Tauris, 1993, 2002), Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran (Princeton University Press, 1999), (with Richard Tapper) Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2006), and (with Vanja Hamzic) Control and Sexuality: the Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts (Women
Living Under Muslim Laws, 2010). She has also directed with Kim Longinotto two award-winning feature-length documentary films on contemporary issues in Iran: Divorce Iranian Style (1998) and Runaway (2001).

Videos

Divorce Iranian Style (1998)

More Information

Ziba Mir-Hosseini, “Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality: Between Islamic Law and Feminism,” Critical Inquiry 32, no. 4 (2006): 629-645.

Interview with Ziba Mir Hosseini: Understanding Islamic Feminism

Understanding_Islamic_Feminism- ZMH_Countercurrent

ZMH Criminalizing Sexuality- Zina Laws as Violence Against Women in Muslim Contexts

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