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Reproduction: Health: Iran
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Reproductive health in Iran since the second half of the last century has gone from centralized family planning to a system dominated by a pronatalist agenda, and subsequently a return to family planning education and contraceptive distribution. The modernization/Westernization of the Pahlavi regime combined a program of with reproductive health education and female literacy. The Islamic Revolution of 1979 reversed most of the monarchy's program, promoted traditional gender roles, and a pronatalist agenda. The rapid population growth of the 198…

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Gerami, Shahin and Lehnerer, Melodye, “Reproduction: Health: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0191c>
First published online: 2009



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