Afary’s Book “Sexual Politics in Moderrn Iran” Gets 2010 BRISMES Prize

Sexual Politics in Modern Iran by Janet Afary (Cambridge University Press). The reviewer describes this work as an “extremely sophisticated” history of sexual politics in modern Iran. “Based on extensive research, nuanced analysis, and astonishing erudition, the book is sure to be a standard for years to come”. It sketches a process of transformation from pre-modern times to a Westernised modernity and an Islamist modern sexuality. The author, evidently aware of the contested nature of writings on sexuality, gives a sense of the ways in which the transformations described were at once affected by larger political movements and were influential in shaping them.

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