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Love: Modern Discourses: Iran
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Transformation of the concept of love has been a key marker of Iranian modernity: heteronormalization of sexual mores and heterosocialization of public life called for re-envisioning marriage from a procreative to a romantic contract. Modernist intellectuals, from the mid-nineteenth century, condemned arranged, temporary, and polygynous marriages, advocating monogamy and marriage based on love. Initially, romantic love turned out to be a hard sell. When a later generation turned to issues of lov…

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Najmabadi, Afsaneh, “Love: Modern Discourses: Iran”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0180c>
First published online: 2009

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