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Iran Facing Others Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective

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ISBN-10: 0230102530

ISBN-13: 9780230102538

Edition: 2012

Authors: Abbas Amanat, Farzin Vejdani

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This collection of essays is about Iranian identity in its various manifestations as it encountered the challenge of modernity. It problematizes the notion of an all-inclusive and universal "Iranian-ness" while considering the place of collective memory and sense of community. It consists of five parts organized along thematic lines. The first part, "The Legacy of Cultural Exclusion," deals with the medieval and early modern attempts to define notions ofIranand‘ajamand its supposed others--aniran, Turco-Mongols, and South Asians--through the Persian medieval epic, theShahnamah, Persian literary histories andtazkirahs. The second part, "The Internal Frontiers," deals with the question of identity at the frontiers of Iran, including nineteenth century travel narratives in Khurasan, Azerbaijani regional re-readings of the significance of Babak Khorramdin, and Qashqa'i attitudes towards the "Iranian" state. The third part, "Empires and Encounters," examines the nature of Iranian interactions with Empires--Russian, British and Ottoman--in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with an emphasis of political and cultural "othering". The fourth part, "Identity and Iranian Political Cultures," discusses the Iranian intellectual engagement with Orientalism and the shaping of Iranian understandings of self and other in the twentieth century. Part five, "Globalized anxieties," expands on the theme of Iranian cultural anxieties--both domestically and internationally--and how the modern Iranian state (including the Islamic Republic) copes with the challenges of globalization, the treatment of its own minorities, and imagined domestic enemies. Finally, it addresses how Iranian diaspora communities negotiate their identities abroad, particularly in the United States.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/15/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 292
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.352
Language: English

Introduction: Iranian Identity Boundaries: A Historical Overview
The Legacy of Cultural Exclusion and Contested Memories
Iran and Aniran: The Shaping of a Legend
Redrawing the Boundaries of 'Ajam in Early Modern Persian Literary Histories
Iranian History in Transition: Recasting the Symbolic Identity of Babak Khorramdin
Empires and Encounters
Rebels and Renegades on Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Porous Frontiers and Hybrid Identities
Facing a Rude and Barbarous Neighbor: Iranian Perceptions of Russia and the Russians from the Safavids to the Qajars
Through the Persian Eye: Anglophilia and Anglophobia in Modern Iranian History
British Imperialism, Regionalism, and Nationalism in Iran, 1890-1919
Nationalism and the Appropriation of the Past
The Academic Debate on Iranian Identity: Nation and Empire Entangled
Iran and Iraq: Intersocietal Linkages and Secular Nationalisms
Self-Fashioning and Internal Othering
Identity among the Jews of Iran
The Confessions of Dolgoruki: The Crisis of Identity and the Creation of a Master Narrative
Iranian Nationalism and Zoroastrian Identity: Between Cyrus and Zoroaster