Monday, July 11, 2016

Canadian professor, 65, held in Iran’s notorious Evin prison was conducting research, family says

Handout/The Canadian PressHoma Hoodfar’s relatives say the Concordia University professor was in Iran conducting research. Handout/The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — A university professor from Montreal has been jailed in Iran’s notorious Evin prison after conducting academic research on women in the country, her niece said Wednesday.
Homa Hoodfar, 65, was arrested Monday after being interrogated by authorities, her niece Amanda Ghahremani told The Canadian Press.
   Ghahremani said her aunt, who was born in Iran but has been living in Montreal for 30 years, travelled to the country in February to see family and to do anthropological work.
    Hoodfar, a professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, is an anthropologist and often studies issues surrounding feminism and the role of woman in Middle Eastern societies...

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