Claudia Yaghoobi’s Temporary Marriage in Iran examines the representation of sigheh (temporary marriage) in both the Pahlavi era (1925–79) and the era of the Islamic Republic (1979–present) within a number of literary and cinematic works, including those of Morteza Moshfeq-e Kazemi, Mohammad Ali Jamalzadeh, Ebrahim Golestan, Sadeq Chubak, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Behruz Afkhami, and Mohammad Hossein Farabakhsh. In this book, Yaghoobi contextualizes the sociopolitical and cultural conditions of Iran during the liminal period between traditionalism and modernity. Grounded in Iranian feminist theory (works by Afary, Hoofdfar, and Najmabadi) and Western feminist theory (works by Bartky, Wolff, and Wittig), Yaghoobi’s main argument is that the shifting boundaries between private and public life in this period have had the greatest effect on women, their bodies, and their rights. This work will be invaluable to readers interested in Iranian studies, gender...

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