More about this series. Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi. Upper-division undergraduates and above. Rassam, Choice. Transsexuality in Iran became a topic of international interest ten years ago, on the idea the the Islamic Republic was using gender reassignment surgery to repress homosexuality. Najmabadi's work moves far beyond this discussion" — Raewyn Connell, Signs.
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More about this series. Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi. Upper-division undergraduates and above. Rassam, Choice. Transsexuality in Iran became a topic of international interest ten years ago, on the idea the the Islamic Republic was using gender reassignment surgery to repress homosexuality.
Najmabadi's work moves far beyond this discussion" — Raewyn Connell, Signs. It makes the point that geography, history, culture, and on-going macro- and microsocial processes are crucial to understanding transsexuality and same-sex desire…. This is a work that speaks to the historical and cultural relativity of social meanings and practices—the importance of the local and specific.
Hill, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Arguing that transsexuals' legal and psychiatric negotiations reveal more general processes of proceduralism, negotiation of legal categories, and state formation, Afsaneh Najmabadi challenges the lumping of transsexuals and homosexuals as identical human rights issues, and argues that poorly targeted universalistic campaigns can damage the conditions of life for the people they are intended to help.
She works refreshingly at the level of real lives, jurists, and psychiatrists. Professing Selves is likely to have a wide-ranging appeal—to historians, Middle East specialists, sexuality and gender scholars, and social scientists interested in issues of state formation and biopolitics. It will be the definitive text on its topic for a long time to come. Watch Afsaneh Najmabadi discuss her work.
Bk Cover Image Full. Sign In. Search Cart. Search for:. Experimental Futures More about this series. Book Pages: Illustrations: 22 photographs incl. In Professing Selves , Afsaneh Najmabadi explores the meaning of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. Combining historical and ethnographic research, she describes how, in the postrevolutionary era, the domains of law, psychology and psychiatry, Islamic jurisprudence, and biomedicine became invested in distinguishing between the acceptable "true" transsexual and other categories of identification, notably the "true" homosexual, an unacceptable category of existence in Iran.
Najmabadi argues that this collaboration among medical authorities, specialized clerics, and state officials—which made transsexuality a legally tolerated, if not exactly celebrated, category of being—grew out of Iran's particular experience of Islamicized modernity. Paradoxically, state regulation has produced new spaces for non-normative living in Iran, since determining who is genuinely "trans" depends largely on the stories that people choose to tell, on the selves that they profess.
Praise "In her theoretically sophisticated book, historian Najmabadi investigates the political and cultural evolution of Iranian attitudes toward 'sexual deviancy and sexual disorder,' beginning in the s. Rassam, Choice "A fascinating book that Fischer, author of Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry "In this important, timely, and erudite work, Afsaneh Najmabadi brings her nuanced understanding of multiple discourses and institutions in Iran to bear on the recent and remarkable visibility of transsexuality in that country.
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Entering the Scene 15 2. Murderous Passions, Deviant Insanities 75 4. Verdicts of Science, Rulings of Faith 6. Living Patterns, Narrative Styles 8. Rights Back to Top. Awards Back to Top. Additional Information Back to Top. Publicity material Bk Cover Image Full. Also Viewed. Staying with the Trouble. The Queer Art of Failure. No Future. Living a Feminist Life. Poor Queer Studies. A Taste for Brown Sugar. On Being Included. Arresting Dress. Going Stealth. In Going Stealth Toby Beauchamp demonstrates how the enforcement of gender conformity is linked to state surveillance practices that identify threats based Queen for a Day.
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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.
Najmabadi, Afsaneh 1946-
Born December 29, , in Iran. She earned an M. Najmabadi researches issues pertaining to women, Islam, and the Middle East. In Iran, there is a traditional story dating back to about a group of women and girls who were taken captive by invading Turkomen or sold into slavery by impoverished fathers to pay their taxes. These Quchani women came to symbolize all Iranian daughters, and the shame and grief of the fathers became that of the nation. The Story of the Daughters of Quchan: Gender and National Memory in Iranian History retells that story and its evolution, as well as its effect on national policy.
Following this, she pursued social studies, combining academic interests with engagement in social activism, first in the United States of America and later in Iran. Professor Najmabadi's most recent research has been concerned with the study of the ways in which concepts and practices of sex and sexuality have transformed in Iran, from the late-nineteenth-century to the present-day Iran. In , she supported U. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Afsaneh Najmabadi. Harvard University University of Manchester.