- Paperback: 377 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (April 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520242637
- ISBN-13: 978-0520242630
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity 0th Edition
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"This is an extraordinary book. It rereads the story of Iranian modernity through the lens of gender and sexuality in ways that no other scholars have done."Joan W. Scott, author of Gender and the Politics of History
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In the 19th century, the sun lady, rising from the back of a lion, was the national symbol of Iran, but gradually her face mysteriously disappeared. At that time, portraits of beautiful men and women were remarkably similar -- moon-faced, beardless, but sometimes with mustaches, and with heavy eyebrows joining in the middle. Further back, the most famous Persian love poetry was written to young, beautiful, beardless men, for which there was a word, amrad. Embarrassed scholars have never quite managed to agree on whether this important genre of poetry was homoerotic and sexual in nature or whether the beloved somehow represented an allegorical, neo-Platonic, divine love.
"Women with Mustaches" challenges our assumptions about beauty and whether it is inextricably and immutably linked with gender, male or female. The book includes beautifully chosen illustrations which make the argument all the more convincing.
Najmabadi, a Harvard University professor, uses Iranian history to explore ground-breaking ideas which may turn out to show a new way forward in gender studies.
The book follows various paths of research, including a study of the development of women's education in Iran, in particular the period at the turn of the 20th century known as the Constitutional Revolution. Stitched together from press reports, books, and the diaries of increasingly prominent women, this is interesting in itself. But Najmabadi uses it to support her argument that women's education became an integral part of the shaping of a modern nation. Women were among the first to recognise this. As one anonymous letter-writer put it: "I am a woman and according to you gentlemen I am mentally deficient, not quite human. Thanks to my father, I was not educated. But today it is clear to everyone that [even] any widowed woman has a claim to this National Assembly and today we demand our rights....We are fed up, we can no longer remain patient."
Najmabadi's distinct areas of research make it difficult to knit the arguments together, making the book sometimes appear disjointed. It is an academic book, not a light read. But it is original, authoritative and thought provoking, and not only because the image of women and the issue of compulsory hejab are still key political issues in today's Islamic Republic of Iran. This book will make you think long and hard about the depiction of beauty in Western culture too.