February 5, 2018

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Half of Iran wants to drop headscarf laws: government report (Deutsche-welle, 2/05/18)

President Rouhani released a study showing how drastically public attitude towards mandatory Islamic dress has changed in the past decade. Nearly half of Iranians believe that wearing a hijab should be a private choice. [...]

The study compares data from 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2014 -- and illustrates the staggering decline in support for the legal restrictions on women's clothing, one of the major changes pushed during the Islamic Revolution of 1979.

According to the Center for Strategic Studies, which operates as part of the Iranian president's office, in 2006, 34 percent of Iranians believed that the government should not be allowed to dictate what women wear. [...]

Another interesting data point shows the drop in support for even more restrictive religious clothing. In 2006, 54 percent of those questioned thought that women should wear a chador, a garment that wraps around the entire body, revealing only the face.

By 2014, however, that number had dropped to 35 percent.

Posted by at February 5, 2018 3:46 PM

  

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