Sexual Politics in Modern Iran

ISBN-10: 0521727081
ISBN-13: 9780521727082
Edition: 2009
Authors: Janet Afary
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Description: Janet Afary is a native of Iran and a leading historian. Her work focuses on gender and sexuality and draws on her experience of growing up in Iran and her involvement with Iranian women of different ages and social strata. These observations, and a  More...

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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 444
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Janet Afary is a native of Iran and a leading historian. Her work focuses on gender and sexuality and draws on her experience of growing up in Iran and her involvement with Iranian women of different ages and social strata. These observations, and a wealth of historical documents, form the kernel of this book, which charts the history of the nation's sexual revolution from the nineteenth century to today. What comes across is the extraordinary resilience of the Iranian people, who have drawn on a rich social and cultural heritage to defy the repression and hardship of the Islamist state and its predecessors. It is this resilience, the author concludes, which forms the basis of a sexual revolution taking place in Iran today, one that is promoting reforms in marriage and family laws, and demanding more egalitarian gender and sexual relations.

List of illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Premodern practices
Formal marriage
Slave concubinage, temporary marriage, and harem wives
Class, status-defined homosexuality, and rituals of courtship
Toward a Westernized modernity
On the road to an ethos of monogamous, heterosexual marriage
Redefining purity, unveiling bodies, and shifting desires
Imperialist politics, romantic love, and the impasse over women's suffrage
Suffrage, marriage reforms, and the threat of female sexuality
The rise of leftist guerrilla organizations and Islamist movements
Forging an Islamist modernity and beyond
The Islamic Revolution, its sexual economy, and the Left
Islamist women and the emergence of Islamic feminism
Birth control, female sexual awakening, and the gay lifestyle
Conclusion: Toward a new Muslim-Iranian sexuality for the twenty-first century
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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