Kameel Ahmady –  Researcher on Social studies with particular focus on Ethnic Minority, Gender & Children 

Are you interested in ethnography and social anthropology? Would you like to read and learn more about the local culture, society, identity, and ethnicity in Iran, Kurdistan, and beyond? Seeking updated fieldwork-based research about Child Labour, Gender, Ethnic groups, and Sexual Minorities living in the region and the burdens they have in their lives? If you are, then you’ll apprize studies and books accessible to you through Kameel Ahmady website.  

Giving his experience and knowledge, Kameel Ahmady performed as a specialist to provide consultancy services to lawmakers, immigration, and cultural programs internationally. In his research, he and his fieldwork team paid special attention to underprivileged minority groups such as Child Labour, Gender, and LGBT groups as well as Ethnicity and Identity and Minority groups who don’t have much access to wealth and education.

Ethnicity and Identity revealed at a macro level

Born into a Kurdish family, Kameel Ahmady a British-Kurdish researcher was plunged into the atmosphere of the intransigence of the Iranian minorities from his early childhood. His family lived in the region of so-called Mukriyan in the border region of Iranian Kurdistan, where internal conflicts were particularly intense. Having survived the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Iran-Iraq War, and domestic strife, he received an eclectic educational and life experience. He was destined to receive higher education abroad when he was moved to the UK. He received a bachelor’s degree in printing and publishing from the London University of Communication and a master’s degree in social anthropology and visual ethnography from the University of Kent and pursued additional courses on research methods, Middle East, and Peace Studies at the London School of Economics and Birkbeck. His broad knowledge of the Middle East cultural norms and some of the under-researched topics of harmful traditional practices (HTP) became the basis for developing a bibliography that now counts a number of published books about and articles, documentaries, and research on Iran, the middle east and other countries.


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Kameel Ahmady’s bibliography

An ever-expanding bibliography of Kameel Ahmady is a melting pot of travel guides of Kurdistan in Turkey, academic research papers, literature, and published articles in international journals, documentaries, and books. Here is a summary of the Kameel Ahmady and his team’s achievements:


Forbidden Tale is a comprehensive study on lesbian, gay, bisexuals (LGBT) in Iran that focuses on the LGB community. One of the first that was carried out inside of the country, this fieldwork-based research deals with the myths and narratives that lead to the wrong perception of gender in Iran’s three major cities including its capital Tehran. The work compiles interviews with over 300 LGBT Iranians and gives an accurate picture of their private and public life. This research is astounding as it incorporates the terrifying truth of sexual minorities living under stringent Iranian laws. 

This book is aimed to attract the attention of government decision-makers and social activists to the phenomenon of early child marriage (ECM) and its particularly traumatic effects on girls and some boys. However, this book is not only about gender research. Another topic that runs like a red thread through the plot is the harmful traditional practices of female genital mutilation (FGM) exercised in the Western and Southern parts of Iran. Kameel Ahmady conducted years of research on FGM called  “in the name of tradition” in Iran which is internationally recognised.  

The book, published under the title “A House with open door,” is dedicated to researching so-called “white marriage” in Iran. The author focuses on the phenomenon of temporary marriage between men and women, which has become common in recent years. He tells about the shift in normative values and their effect on modern society by analysing young couples living in Tehran, Mashhad, and Isfahan metropolitan cities and areas. 

 In addition to the above studies, he published a number of other research studies and books on temporary marriage / mutah marriage, Youth culture, and forms of child labour which are available on his website.

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Kameel Ahmady’s awards

As a token of recognition in the field of social anthropology, Kameel Ahmady received some international and regional awards, including the Best Ethnographic Survey Award of the East London Museum, presented to him in 2006. It was followed by the Best Research Award of the Mesopotamian Centre in 2009 in Turkey. In 2014, he was honoured to receive the Expertise Award for his research on FGM and other harmful traditional practices (HTP). Three years later, KRWO granted Kameel an award in recognition of his research in the field of HTP with an emphasis on the topic of Gender and Children at the London university of Law and placed first in the literary category at the Global P.E.A.C.E. Foundation ceremony hosted by George Washington University.

Kameel Ahmady – His website is your guide to social and cultural phenomena in the Middle East and the region

Are you interested or study anthropology and cultural norms? Need direct access to the most updated reports and academic research on the above subjects? If you have an inquiry or want to contact Kameel Ahmady, please send email to: Kameel.ahmady@gmail.com & ka@kameelahmady.com or fill out the contact form on the website.

About me, By me

I am Kameel Ahmady an anthropologist and researcher with studies and publications in the fields of local culture, children, women and minority rights.

During my travels and studies in Africa, Far Asia, Eastern and Western Europe, Bosnia, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran I became particularly interested in the daily experiences of human life, traditions and customs (especially traumatic customs and harmful traditional practices), war and poverty.Continue reading …