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Burying the BelovedMarriage, Realism, and Reform in Modern Iran$
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Amy Motlagh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804775892

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804775892.001.0001

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A Metaphor for Civil Society?

A Metaphor for Civil Society?

Marriage and “Rights Talk” in the KhĀtamī Period

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Burying the Beloved
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This chapter examines Fataneh Hajj Sayyed Javadi's The Morning After and Zoya Pirzad's I'll Turn Out the Lights in the context of women's rights within marriage and civil society debates in Iran. It explains that Javadi's novel challenged the ideal of romantic marriage and caused an uproar in the debate over civil society, while Pirzad's work was considered to be consonant with feminists' positions on the civil society debate. The chapter also analyzes the reasons behind the different responses to these novels, which shared the same conclusion about the role of marriage in a woman's life.

Keywords:   women's rights, marriage, civil society, Morning After, Hajj Sayyed Javadi, Zoya Pirzad

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