By Afsaneh Najmabadi
Drawing from a wealthy array of visible and literary fabric from nineteenth-century Iran, this groundbreaking ebook rereads and rewrites the background of Iranian modernity in the course of the lens of gender and sexuality. Peeling away notions of a inflexible pre-modern Islamic gender procedure, Afsaneh Najmabadi presents a compelling demonstration of the centrality of gender and sexuality to the shaping of contemporary tradition and politics in Iran and of the way adjustments in rules approximately gender and sexuality affected conceptions of good looks, love, place of birth, marriage, schooling, and citizenship. She concludes with a provocative dialogue of Iranian feminism and its function in that country's present tradition wars. as well as delivering a huge new point of view on Iranian heritage, Najmabadi skillfully demonstrates how utilizing gender as an analytic class grants perception into buildings of hierarchy and tool and hence into the association of politics and social existence.