The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

Families in Iran: The Contemporary Situation

Families in Iran: The contemporary situation


Prologue: Changes

During the recent century Iranian families have faced major changes compared with past centuries. Increase in age at marriage, increase in rate of divorce, reduction in the size of family, freedom in choosing a spouse, prevention of selecting a second wife for men, the right of a wife to present a divorce petition, more participation of women in politics due to the importance of individual votes in the elections, and the possibility for women to be educated and to undertake modern jobs are among the major changes in Iranian families.

Throughout history, the family has been an important structure in Iranian society, along with religion and politics. Despite the institutional development in Iran, these ...

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