Episode 2: Freedom After Expression for Women in Public Sphere (Islamic Veil)


In the second episode of Freedom After Expression, legal experts discuss the case of Islamic veil, women and the moral police in contemporary Iran. In this episode we hear about the specifics of freedom of appearance (clothing) in a given society. Further, the program’s legal experts also address social and religious norms in a country like Iran in the context of Islamic veil. Ultimately, this episode provides a contextual, historic and legal overview of the formation of the moral police, and the emergence of mandatory Islamic veil for women.


Mehrangiz Kar, Habib Farahzadi and Shohreh Sharifi
Mehrangiz Kar is an award-winning Iranian writer, scholar, attorney, and activist specializing in women's rights and family law.

Habib Farahzadi is a student activist and a law graduate from Tehran University. He is also a translator and a researcher. He was deprived from the university for three semesters, and was detained for a month due to his activism. His translations and writings have appeared in a number of publications available online. Subsequent to a jail sentence, he left Iran in 2012, and currently resides in the United States.

Shohreh Sharifi received her JD from Tehran University in 2012. Currently, she collaborates with a number of civil society institutions, focusing on human rights and technology.
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