the story of the first feminist who rejected the veil – Liberation


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In the 19th century, the poetess Tahéreh Qorrat ol-Eyn advocated gender equality and freedom for all, and did not hesitate to repudiate her husband and remove his veil during a public conference.

In a very conservative Iranian 19th century, a woman poet denounces, alone, a system where men dictate the law. This woman is Tahéreh Qorrat ol-Eyn (which means “the Pure”, “Consolation of the eyes”) (1817-1852). First of the Shiite Muslims to remove her veil in 1848 during a public conference to defend gender equality and freedom for all.

She was born in Qazvin in 1817 into a religious family. His father runs two schools, one to train the mullahs, the other to teach a few children the knowledge allowed. Exceptionally, it allows him to listen to his lessons in a separate room. Very gifted, Tahéreh soon knew how to read and write, and impressed with her knowledge of Islam, jurisprudence, Persian and Arabic literature. Married at 13 to a very conservative cousin, she gave birth to three children, which should have kept her at home. She doesn’t see it that way. Opposing her family who denounced her “madness”, she began a correspondence with a religious “renovator” Sayed Kazem Rashti (1793-1843), disciple of Sheikh Ahmad Ahsai (