Dr. Shahnaz R. Najmabadi, Asien-Orient-Institut/ Abteilung Ethnologie, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, TÜBINGEN. She received a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Heidelberg. After teaching at the University of Zürich, she worked at UNESCO in Paris from 1977 to 1986, where she supervised activities related to Human Settlement and Environment. She was also a member of the Le Monde Iranien Contemporain working group of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique/Paris. She has been teaching Anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg since 1986, as well as at the University of Maryland/Heidelberg and Goethe Universität, Frankfurt/Main. Her research is focused on the interrelationship between the Iranian coastal population and their neighbors in the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf.