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Dr. Soraya Tremayne: Publications



Inconceivable Iran: To Reproduce or Not to Reproduce?, Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2023.

Islam and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Sunni and Shia Perspectives, with Inhorn, M. (eds.). Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2012.


Fatness and the Maternal Body: Womens’ Experiences of Corporeality and the Shaping of Social Policy, with Unnithan-Kumar, M. (eds.). Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2011.


Managing Reproductive Life: Cross-Cultural Themes in Fertility and Sexuality (ed.). Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2001.


Women as Sacred Custodians of the Earth?: Women, Spirituality and the Environment, with Low. A, (eds.). Oxford, Berghahn Books, 2001.

Translation. From French to Persian:


Ethnology, Jean Cazeneuve. Larousse, 1967. Translated by Soraya Sheibani- Tremayne, Persian publication by the Institute for Social Studies and Research, No. 69, 1970. University of Tehran.

Guest Editor:


Emerging Kinship in a Changing Middle East (ed.), The Journal of the Anthropology of the Middle East, 12 (2), Winter 2017. Berghahn Journals.


Ethnicity and Religion, Tremayne. S., Shankland. D., (eds), The International Journal of the Anthropology of the Middle East, 4 (2) January 2010. Berghahn Books.


Kinship in the Middle East. In Shahshahani, S., and Tremayne S. (eds.), The International Journal of the Anthropology of the Middle East, 2 (1), Spring 2007. Berghahn Books.


Not All Muslims Are Luddites, Editorial, Anthropology Today. June 2006, Vol.22 (3), Blackwell’s, Oxford.

Fertility and Reproduction, Special Issue. July 2004. The Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford (JASO).

Chapters in Books and Academic Journals:

Conformity and Transgression as Bedfellows: Reproduction, Sexuality, and Religion in Contemporary Iran. Transgression, Kastan, B. (ed.), Women’s Studies International Forum, Elsevier, forthcoming.


New Reproductive Technologies, with Inhorn M. C., Routledge Handbook on Women in the Middle East, Joseph, S., and Zena Zaatari (eds.), Routledge, 2022. 524-534


Anonymous Gamete Donation in Iran: Lineage Revisited. The Family Structure in the Wake of Genetic and Reproductive Technologies, Shabana, A., (ed.), 2022. The Muslim World, Vol.112, Issue/3, Summer 2022. 340-352.


‘Whither Kinship? Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Relatedness in the Islamic Republic of Iran’, in Iranian Romance in the Digital Age: From Arranged Marriage to White Marriage. Afary, J. and Jesylin Faust (eds.), 2021. I.B. Tauris, Bloomsbury Publishing. 141-155.


The Impact of Assisted Reproductive Technologies on Kinship and Family Structure, with Zohreh Behjati Ardekani, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi, January-March 2021. Journal of Reproduction and Infertility. 22 (1).


Dramatic Rise in Caesarean Birth in Iran: A Coalition of Private Medical Practices and Women’s Choices, with Zohreh Behjati Ardakani, Mehrdad Navabaksh, Fatimeh Ranjbar, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi, Alireza Mohseni. July 2020. In International Journal of Women’s Health and Reproduction Sciences (IJWHR) 8(3). 245-258.'s_Choices


‘As List e Karhayee Ke Bayad Anjame Midadam Khat Khord’: Contemporary Reproductive Body Politic in Iran’, In Anthropological Demography of Health, Kreager, P., Chabit, Y., Petit, V., Qureshi, K. (eds.), 2020. Oxford University Press.


The Journey of Infertility from Private Sphere to Public Domain: From Cosmetic Surgery to Disability, Journal of Iranian Studies. 2019. Vol. 53 (i-2). 113-127.


Kinship and Assisted Reproductive Technologies: A Middle Eastern Comparison, Inhorn, M., Birenbaum-Carmeli, D., Tremayne, S., Gürtin, Z., 2019. Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Kinship, Bamford, S., (ed.), Cambridge University Press. 507-530.


Sunni and Shia Perspectives on Assisted Reproductive Technologies. With Inhorn, M.C., 2019. March 28, Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Making and Unmaking of Kin in Iran: Transformation or Variation on a Theme?, International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes, Riley E., Nancy and Jan Brunson (eds.), 2018. International Handbooks of Population, Vol. 8. Springer.


Conceiving IVF In Iran with Akhondi, M., Histories of IVF. Franklin, S. and Inhorn, M., (eds.), online Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine and Society. 2016.  Cambridge. Elsevier Publications .


Islam, Assisted Reproduction, and the Bioethical Aftermath, with Inhorn, M. C., April 2016. Journal of Religion and Health. Springer. 55(2).


Wither Kinship: Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Relatedness in Iran. In Assisted Reproductive Technologies in the Third Phase: Global Encounters and Emerging Moral Worlds. Hampshire, K., Simpson, B. (eds.), 2015. Berghahn Books.


Islam and Assisted Reproduction in the Middle East: Comparing 'Secular' Turkey, Shia Iran, and the Sunni Arab World, with Inhorn, M. C., and Gurtin, Z., 2015. InThe Changing World Religion Map. Brunn, S., (ed). Springer.


Gender and Reproductive Technologies in Shia Iran, In Gender in Judaism and Islam. Wenger, B., and Kashani-Sabet, F, (eds.), 2015. New York University Press.


The Four Faces of Iranian Fatherhood, In Globalised Fatherhood, Inhorn M.C., Chavkin, W., (eds.), 2014.  Berghahn Books.


The ‘“Down Side” of Gamete Donation: Challenging the “Happy Family” Rhetoric in Iran’. In Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Islam: Sunni and Shia Perspectives, Inhorn, M. C., and Tremayne. S., (eds.), 2012. Berghahn Books.


The Dilemma of Assisted Reproduction in Iran.  In Biomedical Infertility Care in Poor Resource Countries: Barriers, Access and Ethics, 2012, Gerrits, T., Ombelet, W., Van Balen, F., Vanderpoel, S. (eds), 2012. Special Edition, ESHRE..


Law, Ethics and Donor Technologies in Shia Iran. In Assisting Reproduction, Testing Genes: Global Encounters with New Biotechnologies, Birenbaum-Carmeli, D. & Marcia C. Inhorn (Eds.), 2009. Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford. Also published in Lithuanian language in Socialine Antropologija, Etnografija IR Biotechnologija, Sudarė Auksualė Čepaitienė , LII Leidykla, Vilnius , 2010.


Wither Kinship? New Assisted Reproductive Technology Practices, Authoritative Knowledge, and Relatedness: Case Studies from Iran, In Persian language 2007. Payesh: Journal of the Iranian Institute for Health Sciences Research, 6 (4).  299-306.


‘”Face” and Change in Modern Iran’ 2006, Inaugural Issue of Anthropology of the Middle East, April 2006. Berghahn Journals. Oxford and New York.


‘Modernity and Early Marriage in Iran: A View from Within’, 2006, Journal of the Middle East Women’s Studies, Vol. 2 No 1, Indiana University Press.


‘And the Twain Shall Never Meet: Reproductive Health Policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran’. 2004. In Reproductive Medicine and the State: Cultural Transformations in Childbearing. Unnithan-Kumar. M (ed.) Berghahn Books, Oxford and New York.


‘We Chinese Eat a Lot: 1993. Food as a Symbol of Ethnic Identity in Kuala Lumpur’. Food, Culture and History, Mars, G. and Mars, V. (eds.), The London Food Seminars.

‘Shell Wives in Limbo’. 1984. In The Incorporated Wife Ardener. S. and H. Callan. (eds.), 1984, Croom Helm , London.

Some Definitions of Culture, in Persian. In Culture and Life Magazine, Nayer-Mohammadi (ed.), 1970. The Secretariat of the Ministry of Culture and Art, Tehran, Iran. Vol. 2.



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