Women With Mustaches And Men Without Beards: Gender And Sexual Anxieties Of Iranian Modernity

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University of California Press, 2005 - History - 363 pages
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Drawing 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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Review: Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity

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I read this book late in my career as a grad student in history, and it was one of the better recent studies I saw demonstrating the use of gender as a category of analysis where previous scholars had ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Eclipse of the FeMale Sun
63
Vatan the Beloved Vatan the Mother
97
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

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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