Reading for Masculinity in Iranian Primary Sources

Dr Sivan Balslev is Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is interested in the social, cultural, and gender history of modern Iran and has published two Hebrew translations of poet Forough Farrokhzad’s books, ‘Another Birth’ and ‘Let Us Believe in the Beginning of the Cold Season’. 

In her contribution to the Research Exchange, she gives a taste of the range of sources she used to seek out largely unspoken attitudes and practices that made up the history of Iranian masculinity for her doctoral research and her new book ‘Iranian Masculinities: Gender and Sexuality in Late Qajar and Early Pahlavi Iran’ (Cambridge University Press, 2019).