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Paggi, coppieri e imberbi: gli effeminati nella cultura persiana

Published July 7, 2021
  • effeminates,
  • Persian culture,
  • homosexuality in Iran,
  • culture and sexuality in the Persian world
How to Cite
Vanzan, A. (2021). Paggi, coppieri e imberbi: gli effeminati nella cultura persiana. Storia Delle Donne, 16(1), 147-160. https://doi.org/10.36253/sd-11467


Mentioned in the Qur’an and ḥadīṯs, described by Muslim treaties of medicine, and celebrated in the literature and visual arts, effeminates have a central place in Persianate culture, as indicated by the fact that Persian language has a rich vocabulary to define them. Poetry also abounds of aesthetic and erotic descriptions that turn effeminates into objects of desire, at time sublimating them with mystic fervour, at other times celebrating them more prosaically and physically. Through a diachronic approach, the essay places these figures in a theoretical, socio-cultural and artistic-literary perspective.


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