Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Factional Politics in Iran and Women's Rights: Is competition between political factions in Iran one of the causes of legislation that curtails women's rights?
by Fisher, Sarah-Jane, M.A., The American University of Paris (France), 2015, 59; 10305863
Abstract (Summary)

The following thesis examines factional politics within the Islamic Republic of Iran and the competition that drives them in order to gain political superiority. In order to gain this factional supremacy, the question is asked as to whether legislation is used as a tool by factional groups and what the result is for ordinary Iranian citizens (specifically women). Three individual pieces of legislation aimed at curtailing the rights of Iranian women that are in the various stages of the judicial process are examined along with the source of each bill plus the rationale for it’s formation. After considerable research it is finally argued that factional groups within the political system of Iran do in fact use legislation as one instrument among many to ensure their viewpoints reign supreme, and their political agenda is met. Should the three bills all pass Guardian Council approval and be implemented by those in power, the consequences could amount to the potential regression of women’s rights in Iran by decades.

Keywords: Factional Politics, Iran, Women’s Rights, Factional Politics in Khomeini's era, Factional Politics Post-Khomeini.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Rahnema, Ali
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: International Relations, Political science
Keywords: Factional politics, Factional politics Post-Khomeini, Factional politics in Khomeini's era, Iran, Women's rights
Publication Number: 10305863
ISBN: 978-1-369-49427-3
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