October 18, Sex and Transgender in Iran

Tuesday, October 18, 7:00p.m.

Shelton Auditorium, Christian Theological Seminary

Iran is often portrayed in American media as a conservative society on issues of gender and sexuality. Yet sex reassignment surgery is legal in Iran, with support both from several high-ranking Muslim clerics and the state itself. This event’s speakers will describe and discuss this fascinating state of affairs from historical and ethnographic perspectives.


Afsaneh Najmabadi is the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her book Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity received the 2005 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize from the American Historical Association.



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Sholeh Shahrokhi is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Butler University, where her research and teaching focus on Iran, the Middle East, sexuality,youth cultures, and public space.



AdniAnisse Adni is the Associate Imam and Community Organizer of the Indianapolis Muslim Community Association. Adni earned a Master’s from the Qalam Seminary, where he studied with Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda.


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