In 2015 I was asked to conduct an interview with Judith Butler by the editorial board of Kharmagas: Nashriyyih Falsafi-Ejtemaʿi (Gadfly: Persian Journal of Philosophy) for an August 2016 issue dedicated to the theme of identity. I conducted the interview in English, and it was translated into Persian (Tohidi 2016). The main readers of the journal are Iranian intellectuals and activists, including many feminists. Butler is known and respected as a feminist philosopher among Iranian intellectuals. Her seminal book Gender Trouble was translated into Persian (Butler 1999, 2006).

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The questions I posed reflect my own intellectual and political concerns as a feminist scholar and activist of Iranian background. But they also address transnational questions that remain relevant to feminist studies and Middle East studies and are within the realm...

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