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How protests in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death ‘forever moved the debate’ over women’s rights

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses Iran’s long history of mandating what women can wear and the power employed by its “morality police.”

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U.S. News & World Report

Iranian woman push back against compulsory hijab

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Iranian society still struggles with how much of a role religion has played in its pre- and post-revolutionary eras.

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The Washington Post

The truth about the history education wars in 2022

Jonathan Zimmerman of the Graduate School of Education writes that political battles over education have secularized, shifting focus from religion to American history and identity.

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The Conversation

At 75, Pakistan has moved far from the secular and democratic vision of its founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah

Farah Jan of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that ideology and religion are divisive forces in modern-day Pakistan, far from Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s dream of a secular democratic homeland with equal rights for all.

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The Conversation

Afghanistan’s war rug industry distorts the reality of everyday trauma

Jamal J. Elias of the School of Arts & Sciences wrote about the war rug market in Afghanistan, arguing that collectors and journalists tend to mistakenly view the weavings as reflections of the creator’s worldview. Instead, said Elias, it’s the rug brokers and dealers who determine the motifs. “Ultimately, Afghan war rugs are produced for the market,” he wrote.

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The Washington Post

Gina Stewart becomes first woman elected to lead US Black Baptist organization

Anthea Butler of the School of Arts & Sciences commented on Gina Stewart’s selection as president of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society. “I think it is significant, important, and past time for a woman to be in leadership in Black Baptist circles, missions or otherwise,” said Butler. “Women are the fundraisers and foundation of the church.”

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