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


Marriage, Family, Religion and Culture

WHEN January 9-10, 2017
9am - 5pm WHERE Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute
By Invitation Interested scholars please contact

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

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