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Islamicate Sexualities

Islamicate Sexualities

Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire

Edited by Kathryn Babayan and Afsaneh Najmabadi

ISBN 9780674032040

Publication date: 09/30/2008

Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of sexuality. Concerned with the dynamic interplay between cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, the anthology moves across disciplinary fields, integrating literary criticism with social and cultural history, and establishes a dialogue between historians (Kathryn Babayan, Frédéric Lagrange, Afsaneh Najmabadi, and Everett Rowson), comparative literary scholars (Sahar Amer and Leyla Rouhi), and critical theorists of sexualities (Valerie Traub, Brad Epps, and Dina al-Kassim).

As a whole, the anthology challenges Middle Eastern Studies with questions that have arisen in recent studies of sexualities, bringing into conversation Euro-American scholarship of sexuality with that of scholars engaged in studies of sexualities across a vast cultural (Iberian, Arabic, and Iranian) and temporal field (from the tenth century to the medieval and the modern).


  • Kathryn Babayan is Assistant Professor of Iranian History and Culture at the University of Michigan.
  • Afsaneh Najmabadi is Professor of History and Women’s Studies, Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 384 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University