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Sports: Iran
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Women athletes first appeared in Iran in 1939 when several women athletes in Western dress, shorts and short-sleeved shirts, participated in a competition in Tehran's grand stadium. This event occurred four years after Reza Shah Pahlavi passed the law forbidding the veil. From then on, the encouragement of women's sport became one of the mechanisms that promoted modernity. According to traditional Muslim views, expressed in a…

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Habibi, Faranguis, “Sports: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0207c>
First published online: 2009

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