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Shima Houshyar and Behzad Sarmadi


A Fashionable Revolution: Veiling, Morality, and Consumer Culture in Iran

[“Tehran Shopping Malls” by Saghar Daeeri 100 x 150 cm Acrylic on canvas, 2008.]

There has been a flurry of commentary recently that claims something of a “silent revolution” is underway in Iran today. It is supposedly a revolution against — or, at the very least, a flagrant disregard for — government prescriptions for public decency. It is situated on the surfaces of women’s bodies and assumes bright colors, brand names, fitted contours, and flowing hair. It is supposedly a revolution against but also of the mandatory veil, or how a new generation of ...

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Shima Houshyar and Behzad Sarmadi


Behzad Sarmadi is a PhD Candidate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Having grown up in Dubai, his dissertation research has brought him back to this city where he is focusing on the socio-political dimensions of its urban transformation, with a particular emphasis on its Iranian population. Behzad was a Visiting Scholar at what was then called the Dubai School of Government (2010-2011).  His scholarly publication to date is ‘Bachelor in the City’: Urban Transformation and Matter Out of Place in Dubai, at the Journal of Arabian Studies. Behzad is also an editor at Ajam Media Collective.


Shima Houshyar is an M.A. student at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. Her research interests focus on issues of gender, sexuality, minorities, nationalism, and the state. Shima splits her time between her two homes of the US and Iran, and is currently an editor at Ajam Media Collective.