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Soheila M. Shahshahani is associate professor of anthropology and head of the department of Social Sciences at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran. She is editor of Anthropology of the Middle East (in English and French) and Culture and Human Being (in Persian).

She received her doctorate from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1981. She was Vice-President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and the Chair of the Commission on Anthropological Dimensions of Global Change of the same Union. In 2009 she established Commission on the Middle East and has been Chairperson of this Commission of the IUAES.

She is author of The Four Seasons of the Sun (1987), an ethnolography of women of Oyun, a sedentarized village of the Mamassani pastoral nomads of Iran, A Pictorial History of Iranian Headdresses (1995), Meymand, We Were One People One territory, an ethnographic study of a grotto-village (2005), guest editor of Nomadic Peoples, Nomads and Nomadism in Postrevolutionary Iran (Vol 7, No.2, 2003) and editor of Body as Medium of Meaning (2004), Cities of Pilgrimage (2009) and author of many articles in English and Persian.