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Protests continue over the death of Mahsa Amini

A tragic loss of life has sparked a nation to demand their basic human rights following decades of strict laws.

Portrait of Mahsa Amini is held during a rally calling for regime change in Iran. Photo by Cliff Owen
Portrait of Mahsa Amini is held during a rally calling for regime change in Iran. Photo by Cliff Owen


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For a month now, protests have raged on in Iran following the brutal death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the morality police for allegedly failing to meet the requirements of the country's strict dress code laws.

Since 1979, Iranian women have been forced to wear a hijab in accordance with the Islamic dress code. However, following Amini's death, many women have removed their hijabs in protest of the Iranian government and to honor her memory.

We'll be discussing the current situation in Iran with our panel of experts to bring awareness to these protests and to help our listeners better understand the historical and cultural factors that play into the country's strict laws.



Dr. Pardis Mahdavi

  • Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of Montana

Dr. Emran El-Badawi

  • Program Director and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Houston

Dr. Ali Dizboni

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada

Arash Irandousti

  • Persian Society of the University of Houston

Celeste Schurman

  • 88.7 Houston Public Media News Reporter

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