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Space: Mosques: Iran
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Mosques, despite being central institutions of worship for all worshippers, are not available to women on equal terms with men in Iran, as elsewhere in the Muslim world. Women are allocated a peripheral space separate from the main hall and must use a side entrance. They may listen to the sermons of male preachers delivered from the pulpit in the main hall and follow the prayers of the male prayer-leaders relayed over loudspeakers. Female religious specialists, however, are not permitted to act …

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Torab, Azam, “Space: Mosques: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0284d>
First published online: 2009

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