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Breaking the silence: rape law in Iran and controlling women's sexuality

Nadia Aghtaie

in International approaches to rape

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9781847426208
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302629 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426208.003.0007
Breaking the silence: rape law in Iran and controlling women's sexuality

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This chapter seeks to analyse the way in which the Iranian Penal Code responds to rape. Within this framework, it broadly discusses how rape and sexual intercourse are perceived outside marriage. It is important to note that in recent years there has been what Afary(2009) calls a ‘sexual awakening’ in Iranian society.

Keywords: Iranian penal code; sexual intercourse; marriage; rape law; Iranian society

Chapter.  10016 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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