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...
Temporary Marriage in Iran: Gender and Body Politics in Modern Iranian Film and Literature
LEILA ZONOUZI is a PhD candidate in global studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her article “Intergenerational Conflicts: Experiences of Discrimination and Racialization in Recent Iranian Diasporic Novels” is forthcoming in The Routledge Handbook of Persian Literature. Contact: email@example.com.
Leila Zonouzi; Temporary Marriage in Iran: Gender and Body Politics in Modern Iranian Film and Literature. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 March 2021; 17 (1): 121–124. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-8790280
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