The National Union of Women

  • Haideh Moghissi
Part of the Women’s Studies at York Series book series (WSYS)


In her introduction to Women, Resistance and Revolution, Sheila Rowbotham writes that women respond to the ‘pain, emotional violence and intense rejection’ they experience in male-defined revolutionary movements in two ways: ‘subservient acquiescence’ out of loyalty or the need to preserve unity, or angry denial that ‘their’ movement has anything to do with women.1 This chapter is about the experiences of Iranian women in the male-defined revolutionary movement between 1979 and 1981. It is about both the acquiescent women and the defiant, subversive ones.


Iranian Woman Emotional Violence International Woman Islamic Revolution Islamic Regime 
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  1. 1.
    S. Rowbatham, Women, Resistance and Revolution, (New York: Vintage Books, 1974).Google Scholar
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    K. Millett, Going to Iran, (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan 1982) p. 163.Google Scholar
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    See, for example, H. Nateq and G. Ghazinoor’s articles in Keyhan, (21 Esfand 1357/March 1979).Google Scholar
  4. 30.
    S. Evans, Personal Politics, (New York: Vantage Books, 1980) p. 114.Google Scholar

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© Haideh Moghissi 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Haideh Moghissi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sociology Atkinson CollegeYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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