Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards
Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity
By (author) Afsaneh Najmabadi
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Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards by Afsaneh Najmabadi
Book DescriptionDrawing from a rich array of visual and literary material from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking book rereads and rewrites the history of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a rigid pre-modern Islamic gender system, Afsaneh Najmabadi provides a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of modern culture and politics in Iran and of how changes in ideas about gender and sexuality affected conceptions of beauty, love, homeland, marriage, education, and citizenship. She concludes with a provocative discussion of Iranian feminism and its role in that country's current culture wars. In addition to providing an important new perspective on Iranian history, Najmabadi skillfully demonstrates how using gender as an analytic category can provide insight into structures of hierarchy and power and thus into the organization of politics and social life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520242630
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Afsaneh Najmabadi
Islamicate Sexualities, Paperback (August 2008)
Explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting histories of sexuality. Concerned with the interplay between cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, this anthology challenges Middle Eastern Studies with questions that have arisen in studies of sexualities.
Story of the Daughters of Quchan, Paperback (November 1998)» View all books by Afsaneh Najmabadi
In 1905 Iranian women had been sold to pay taxes or taken as booty in a raid by tribesmen from a village. The narration of this event took all Iran by storm and shortly after the opening of the new parliament in 1906 relatives of these women demanded that parliament punish those responsible. Najmabadi investigates why this incident was so powerful.
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Author Biography - Afsaneh Najmabadi
Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, is author of The Story of the Daughters of Quchan: Gender and National Memory in Iranian History (1998), among other books.
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