Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (WWQI) is a digital archive of nineteenth-century Iranian culture that focuses on the lives of women and issues of gender. The initial inspiration for the project arose more than a decade ago from a coming together of intellectual frustration and technological possibility.

The 1970s through the 1990s witnessed an explosion of women’s history and the gendering of historical research and writing, but this development had a highly uneven global scope. The unevenness was not only geographic. While certain subfields of history proved more open to revisionary explorations, their broader integration into “doing history” remained marginal. In Middle Eastern historiography, for instance, gendering histories of the nation has produced important works on Egypt, Syria, Iran, the Ottoman Empire, and modern Turkey, but these works often remain at the margins of the field. Histories of...

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