The Spring 2018 issue of Iran Namag is a special issue consisting of the first collection of essays on the topic of Iranian masculinities. Its editors are Mostafa Abedinifard, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Tornoto and Sahar Allamezade-Jones, on the faculty of the University of Virginia.
The issue contains two sections: the English section includes seven articles and the Persian section includes four articles.
“Academic studies of Iranian men and masculinities mainly gained ground during the past decade or so, especially outside Iran, and following the global wave in masculinities studies. Yet, critical discussions of masculinities were not unprecedented in Iran. Indeed, they go back at least to early twentieth century, when such debates were provoked by early Iranian women’s rights thinkers and activists, both women and men. As one of us argues elsewhere, Bibi Khanum Astarabadi’s Ma??yib al-Rij?l (The Vices of Men), can be deemed the preliminary model of Iranian masculinities studies, on the grounds of her dealing with male privilege and its subsequent sense of entitlement among her contemporary men. While The Vices of Men was never published during its author’s time, and we are not exactly sure how far and long it circulated in manuscript form, its outright critical approach towards men is easily noticeable in numerous issues of several women’s periodicals published during the first decades of Iranian women’s movement.”
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