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....
|Title||:||Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran|
|Number of Pages||:||450 Pages|
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Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran Reviews
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.
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 the close examination of the personal experience of marginalized persons to encounter an authentic glimpse into subjectivity. Such close examination reveals that classifying sexualities and gender identities in a structured binary matrix acts in opposition and limits social liberation and understanding. The work is an essential contribution to not only gender and sexuality studies in the Middle East and Islam, but also for any academic working within the sphere of queer and feminist theory, queer theology, religious studies, and anthropology.
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
306.76809 N162 2014
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.