Conference Marriage, Family, Religion and Culture in Pre-Islamic and Early Islamic Iran and the Middle East

By Invitation Only


Location Abu Dhabi

This gathering looks at marriage laws and practices in two formative periods of pre-Islamic Persian history, and early and medieval Islamic Middle East, in order to identify the various cross currents at work. Through the lens of marriage laws, it is possible to see how these communities interacted, intermarried, or resisted interacting with one another, in order to strengthen communal identities or secure communal boundaries. This conference is a truly historic inter-disciplinary event, with presenters sharing perspectives from the fields of Iranian and Middle East Studies and including scholarship from various disciplines such as History, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, and Literary Studies.

Convened by

Janet Afary Mellichamp Chair and Professor of Religious Studies and Feminist Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Claudia Yaghoobi Roshan Institute Assistant Professor of Persian Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Hosted by

NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

In Collaboration with

Iranian Studies Initiative, UC Santa Barbara

Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Funds

Gramian & Emrani Foundation