Janet afarys sexual politics in modern iran meticulously details the historical evolution of gender and sexuality and of the roles and customs of women and same sexers from pre modern persia 500 to 1500 ad right through the sexual revolution that began in iran seven decades ago . This is an excellent primer for understanding feminist and sexual politics in iran afray provides a great account of the history of sexuality and the policing of womens bodies it is a good compilation of the countrys history and social background. Sexual politics in modern iran and social and cultural taboos as well as laws regarding sexuality marriage homosexuality and sexual practices is bound in contradictory codes of behaviour as many pre modern practices were legalized during khomeinis rise to power. Sexual politics in modern iran is an invaluable landmark a signpost on the road to an end of gender discrimination and sexual liberation for all source in these times the east west battle over gender is brilliantly described by janet afary in her groundbreaking survey sexual politics in modern iran source new york review of books. Afary weaves a very interesting and complex argument together that unveils the politics of sexuality in iran it is bound to generate a good debate among historians and social scientists sexual politics in modern iran is a welcome addition to the history of women and sexuality in modern iran end page 309
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