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Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran #2020

Professing Selves Transsexuality and Same Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran Since the mid s the Islamic Republic of Iran has permitted and partially subsidized sex reassignment surgery In Professing Selves Afsaneh Najmabadi explores the meaning of transsexuality in cont

  • Title: Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran
  • Author: Afsaneh Najmabadi
  • ISBN: 9780822355434
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran By Afsaneh Najmabadi, Since the mid 1980s, the Islamic Republic of Iran has permitted and partially subsidized sex reassignment surgery 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 jurisprSince the mid 1980s, the Islamic Republic of Iran has permitted and partially subsidized sex reassignment surgery 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.

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    1 thought on “Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

    1. I cherish everything about this book It s been written in a very interesting way and it mentions so many facts and documents I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in LGBTQI situations in the Middle East and especially Iran.

    2. Najmabadi s work provides an important voice to the discourse surrounding the lives and bodies of trans people More importantly, Professing Selves points to the evolving modern subjectivity of the human experience Rather than fitting nicely into the patriarchal, heteronormative matrix and experience of prevailing cultures, it provides evidence to an ever changing world where the full expression of people cannot neatly fit into categories or sub categories Rather, the work of a scholar requires t [...]

    3. gives a historiographic and ethnographic analysis to the formation of trans and homosexual subjectivities in contemporary Iran Like usual Najmabadi weaves theory and narrative to captivate her readers

    4. Some of the language surrounding the queer trans communities in this work is outdated, but that is to be expected due to the age of the research and date of publication It is a really insightful ethnography driven by raw curiosity and a want for answers.

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