Dr. Ziba Mir-Hosseini is a legal anthropologist, specializing in Islamic law, gender and development. She has a BA in Sociology from Tehran University (1974) and a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge (1980). She is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law, University of London. She has held numerous research fellowships and visiting professorships, including a Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004-5), and Hauser Global Law Visiting Professor at New York University (2002-8). She is also is a founding member of Musawah Global Movement for Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family.
Her publications include "Marriage on Trial: A Study of Islamic Family Law in Iran and Morocco" (I. B. Tauris, 1993, 2002)," Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran" (Princeton University Press, 1999), (with Richard Tapper) "Islam and Democracy in Iran: Eshkevari and the Quest for Reform" (I. B. Tauris, 2006), and (with Vanja Hamzic) "Control and Sexuality: the Revival of Zina Laws in Muslim Contexts" (Women Living Under Muslim Laws, 2010). She has also directed (with Kim Longinotto) two award-winning feature-length documentary films on contemporary issues in Iran: DIVORCE IRANIAN STYLE (1998) and RUNAWAY (2001). (8/14)
Divorce Iranian Style
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 1998, 80 min., Color
Hilarious, tragic, stirring, this fly-on-the-wall look at several weeks in an Iranian divorce court provides a unique window into the intimate circums...
A film by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini, 2001, 87 min., Color
“RUNAWAY is a powerful and heart-breaking documentary about a group of young runaway girls who are taken to a women's shelter in Tehran, Iran. The fil...