Though she is interested in the Middle East in general, her research is focused especially on Iran, Central Asia and the sub continent (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Muslim India).
She has been working in gender studies with particular interest for contemporary fictional literature produced by Iranian women.
She has many publications in Italian and English: her book, La storia velata: le donne dell’islam nell’immaginario italiano, (Edizioni del Lavoro, Roma) a history of the image of Muslim women in Italian culture from the Middle Ages has been awarded with the International Prize Feudo di Maida 2006. Hert book Figlie di Shahrazàd, scrittrici iraniane dal 19 secolo a oggi, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 2009) is a history of Iranian women writers from mid 19th century to nowadays.
Her book Le donne di Allah, viaggio nei femminismi islamici (B. Mondadori, Milano, 2010) offers a collection of conversations and discussions with Muslim women who are engaged in finding their way to feminism.
With Jolanda Guardi she has written: Che genere di islam. Omosessuali, queer e transessuali tra shari’a e nuove interpretazioni (Homosexuals, queer and transexuals from the shari’a to the new interpretations), Ediesse, Roma, 2012.
Her last books are:
Primavere rosa. Rivoluzioni e donne in Medio Oriente (Pink Springs. Revolutions and Women in theMiddle East), Libraccio, Milano, 2013.
Donna e giardino nel mondo islamico (Women and Gardens in the Islamic World), Pontecorboli, Firenze, 2013.
She is one the founders of the Italian journal Afriche&Orienti. She regularly lectures in various Italian institutions on issues of multiculturalism. She has lectured at the University of Bologna, Pisa, Geneva, New York. She is currently teaching History and Culture of the Middle East at the University of Pavia, Italy.
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