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Unveiling Men: Modern Masculinities in Twentieth-Century Iran

A provocative and original examination of gender and sexuality in Iranian discourse



For years, Iranian academics, writers, and scholars have equated national develop- ment and progress with the reform of men’s sexual behavior. Modern intellectuals repudiated native sexuality in Iran, just as their European counterparts in France and Germany did, arguing that transforming male identity was essential to the recovery of the nation.

DeSouza offers an alternate narrative of modern Iranian masculinity as an attempt to redraw social hierarchies among men. Moving beyond rigid portrayals of Islamic pa- triarchy and female oppression, she analyzes debates about manhood and maleness in early twentieth-century Iran, particularly around questions of race and sexuality. DeSouza presents the larger implications of Pahlavi hegemonic masculinity in creating racialized male subjects and “productive” sexualities. In addition, she explores a cross- pollination with Europe, identifying how the “East” shaped visions of European male identity.

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Hardcover $55.00L 978-0-8156-3592-5

Ebook 978-0-8156-5449-0

Paper $24.95s 978-0-8156-3603-8

6 x 9, 200 pages, 15 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography, index

Series: Gender, Culture, and Politics in the Middle East