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Women - Iran

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Author(s): Judith L. Goldstein
Iranian Jews have lived in Iran for over 3000 years, adapting to different political and historical conditions.  While the traditional social structure is patrilocal and patrilateral, with young brides moving into the households of their husbands’ families, generalizations about the actual content of women’s lives must take into account the individual and regional variations which have characterized such a long cultural history.  That history today must be additionally broadened to include the emigrations from the late 19th century to the present, and especially the dem…
Date: 2015-09-03


(623 words)

Author(s): Judith L. Goldstein
Yazd is a desert city in central Iran whose inhabitants, in addition to the Shīʿī Muslim majority, include Jews, Zoroastrians, and Bahā'īs. The number of Jews in Yazd has diminished over time. Nineteenth-century travelers’ accounts estimated it at three thousand; it was two thousand in the early twentieth century, and seven hundred in a 1966 census of Jewish communities. In the mid-1970s, shortly before the 1979 revolution, the Jewish community had some fifty families, or about 250 individuals; …