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Shahla Haeri is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Director of Women's Studies at Boston University. She has written extensively on women, law and religion in the Muslim world, and is the author of Law of Desire: Temporary Marriage, Mut'a, in Iran (1989, 1993). She has conducted fieldwork in Iran, Pakistan, and India, and among her writings on this topic is "Obedience versus Autonomy: Women & Fundamentalism in Iran and Pakistan." Presently, she is writing a book on the relationship between Pakistani women, law, religions, and politics.

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