Gender, Body, and Sexuality in Iran: Between Nationalism and Islamism


This article investigates the complex dynamics of gender, body, and sexuality in Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan, shaped by nationalist and Islamist political systems. It traces the historical changes in these countries, from the Qajar dynasty to the Islamic Regime in Iran, the Ottoman Empire to political Islam in Turkey, and the impact of Soviet occupation, civil war, and Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Employing an interdisciplinary approach that integrates Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Theory, and Critical Discourse Analysis, the study examines power dynamics, historical legacies of imperialism, and colonialism in shaping societal perceptions of gender. It analyzes language used in policy documents, speeches, and public debates to understand how nationalist and Islamist ideologies have influenced discussions on gender, body, and sexuality. The comparative politics approach highlights variations across different cultural and political contexts. This analysis contributes to a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between political ideologies and the construction of gender, body, and sexuality within these societies.

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Samin Ustiashvili, International Black Sea University, Georgia

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Conference: BAMC2023
Stream: Gender

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Ustiashvili S. (2023) Gender, Body, and Sexuality in Iran: Between Nationalism and Islamism ISSN: 2435-9475 – The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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