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Iran Unveiled: The Movement Against Compulsory Hijab | Best Countries
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Iran Unveiled: The Movement Against Compulsory Hijab | Best Countries

Women in Iran have been saying #No2Hijab and #WalkingUnveiled, risking fines and even prison time for violating the strict regulations for women’s dress ushered in following the country’s 1979 revolution.“Iranian society never really wrapped its head around how much of a role religion was going to play,” Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, a professor of modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Pennsylvania, says of the country’s pre- and post-revolutionary eras. “I think a lot of other Islamic dominant societies still grapple with it.”What was once a social media campaign has unfolded into a full-blown civil disobedience movement, gaining steam and fueling a protest last month on the country’s National Day of Hijab and Chastity. Across Iran, women unveiled their heads, some posting image...