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Sexual Harassment: Iran
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Sexual harassment (muzāhimat-i jinsī) in Iran has been viewed differently from how it is seen in the West. In Iran, any harassment, harm, or insult to a woman's reputation is considered reprehensible and shameful. This is due to the deep-rooted conceptual fusion of the Iranian Islamic idea of nāmus (usually translated as honor) and the traditional and religious ethical values embedded in society. The concept of nāmus applies to a wife and all the women considered to belong to a man including mother, sister, daughter, and in general all the females in a man's h…

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Ghandehari, Pardis, “Sexual Harassment: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0198b>
First published online: 2009



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