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Mohammad Reza Hashemitaba


Weaving Ethical Concerns and Aesthetic Aspirations: Fatwas and Nose Jobs in Iran

[Scene from Shahrdari Street in Tehran in August 2012. Image by Kamyar Adl via Flickr]

Iran has recently been labeled the nose job capital of the world; a fact that comes as a surprise to those who get caught up on the Islamic Republic’s strict and serious image. As opposed to what one might imagine, no sort of governmental or Islamic legal permission is required to access cosmetic surgery services throughout the country. However, that is not to say that Islamic law has nothing to say about the matter. Quite the contrary, religious leaders have found it ...

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Mohammad Reza Hashemitaba


Mohammad Reza Hashemitaba is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Rice University. He works on transnational humanitarianism, the ethics of aid/politics of care, Islamic traditions of charity, humanitarian expertise and Shi'i networks.