Sexual Politics in Modern Iran
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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 These observations, and a wealth of historical documents, form the kernel of this book, which charts the history of the nation's sexual revolution from the nineteenth century to today.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.
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Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/9/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
|List of illustrations|
|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|