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Law of Desire
Temporary Marriage in Shi‘i Iran
Revised Edition

Shahla Haeri

Paper $24.95s    |    978-0-8156-3381-5    |    2014

ebook 978-0-8156-5294-6


This revised edition includes a postscript contextualizing this classic work within contemporary Iranian society.

"Law of Desire contains some very interesting, often heartbreaking, life stories of women. . . . It is the first of its kind to deal with a taboo issue which, despite its social and political importance, has been neglected and overlooked by a wide range of political opinion in Iran."—Feminist Review

"Haeri’s study is masterful because she is able to use the investigation of temporary marriage to explore so many aspects of Iranian society; male-female relationships, Shi‘a-Sunni religious divisions, and the nature of contact in Islamic legal codes."—Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

"A pioneering contribution to our scant knowledge of marriage practices and the dynamics of male-female relationships in Iran."—International Journal of Middle East Studies

  Law of Desire

Shahla Haeri   Shahla Haeri is the director of Women’s Studies Program and an Associate Professor of cultural Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University. She is the author of No Shame for the Sun: Lives of Professional Pakistani, also published by Syracuse University Press.

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6 x 9, 304 pages, notes, glossary, bibliography, index

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