Changes conceptions of women’s public space in the Kurdish city

  • Hooshmand Alizadeh
  • Cities, December 2007, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2007.06.002

Women's public spaces

What is it about?

This paper examines the conception of the public domain in the Kurdish context. Drawing on points of similarities and differences with Iranian and Islamic contexts, we delineate the intricacies of how Kurds conceptualized the public domain, and specifically how females have experienced that domain, with regard to the common view of “unsafeness”. We also describe the role of women and their relationship to space outside of kinship ties.

Why is it important?

The paper concludes that the Kurdish context to some extent is different from other Islamic and Iranian contexts, due to the status of Kurdish women and the socio-political and environmental circumstances which marked that society.


Dr. Hooshmand Alizadeh Alizadeh
University of Kurdistan

Writing this article was a great pleasure as it deals with women's spatiality in Middle Eastern cities. I hope this article provide more incentives concerning women's public spaces.

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