Iran Facing Others Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective
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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.
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2/15/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|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|