Canadian-Iranian professor detained in Iran

Dubai—A retired Canadian-Iranian professor who studies women’s issues across the Middle East has been detained without charges in Tehran, her family said Thursday, the latest dual national held by authorities there since Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.
The detention of Homa Hoodfar, who until recently taught anthropology and sociology at Montreal’s Concordia University, comes amid a widening targeting of Iranians with Western ties in the wake of the accord.
Already, at least two Iranian-Americans and a U.S. permanent resident from Lebanon have been detained, likely at the hands of hard-liners opposed to the deal.
Hoodfar, 65, travelled to Iran in early February to see family after the death of her husband and retiring from Concordia, her niece Amanda Ghahremani said.
She was also doing research at the archive of Iranian parliament’s library as an election that month saw 17 women elected as lawmakers.—AP

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