A Social History of Sexual Relations in Iran

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Mage Publishers, 2008 - History - 459 pages
This study illuminates the 2,500-year social history of sexual relations in Iran. Marriage, temporary marriage, prostitution, and homosexuality are all discussed, as well as the often unintended result of these relations-sexually transmitted diseases. A Social History of Sexual Relations in Iran uses travelers' accounts, Iranian and international archival sources, as well as government data, to bring together, in detail, and within the context of Iranian culture and religion, the nature, variety, and problems of sexual relations in Iran over the ages. Finally, Willem Floor summarizes the issues that Iranian society faces today which are not dissimilar to that of many other industrial nations the challenge to the male claim to dominance over women; change in the age of marriage; premarital sex; rising divorce rates; rising promiscuity; prostitution; sexually transmitted diseases; homosexuality; and street children. Willem Floor studied development economics and non-western sociology, as well as Persian, Arabic and Islamology from 1963-67 at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Leiden in 1971 and went on to work for the World Bank as an energy specialist. Throughout this time, he published extensively on the socio-economic history of Iran. Since his retirement from the World Bank in 2002 he has published numerous scholarly history books and translations, including: Public Health in Qajar Iran, Agriculture in Qajar Iran, The History of Theater in Iran, The Persian Gulf: A Politcal and Economic History of Five Port Cities, The Persian Gulf: The Rise of the Gulf Arabs, and Samuel Gottlieb Gmelin's Travels Through Northern Persia 1770-1774. --"

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Edmund Herzig is a Senior Lecturer in Persian Studies at the University of Manchester. He specializes in the history of Iran during the Safavid and contemporary periods, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia. He is currently co-editing "The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: The Modern Age."
Willem Floor is an independent scholar specializing in the history of Iran in the Safavid and modern ages. His recent publications include The "Persian Textile Industry in Historical Perspective, 1500-1925," "A Fiscal History of Iran in the Safavid and Qajar Periods, 1500-1925," and "Safavid Government Institutions."

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