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Constructing Nationalism in Iran
From the Qajars to the Islamic Republic

ISBN 9781138213227
Published April 16, 2017 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

Nationalism has played an important role in the cultural and intellectual discourse of modernity that emerged in Iran from the late nineteenth century to the present, promoting new formulations of collective identity and advocating a new and more active role for the broad strata of the public in politics. The essays in this volume seek to shed light on the construction of nationalism in Iran in its many manifestations; cultural, social, political and ideological, by exploring on-going debates on this important and progressive topic.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Meir Litvak

2 The Construction of Iranian National Identity: An Overview

Meir Litvak

3 Persian-Iranian National Identity: The longue durée, from Achaemenid times onward

Azar Gat

4 Four Iterations of Persian Literary Nationalism

Nasrin Rahimieh

5 Intersectionality and the Narrative of Nationalism

Eliz Sanasarian

6 Gendering the Nation: Masculinity and Nationalism in Iran during the Constitutional Revolution

Sivan Balslev

7 Nationalism and Islam in a Provincial Setting: Late Qajar Isfahan

Meir Litvak

8 Iranian Nationalism and the question of Race

Ali M Ansari

9 Nationalist Representations of the Persian Gulf under Reza Shah Pahlavi

Chelsi Mueller

10 Iranian Nationalism, Islamic Unity and Shi‘sm in Iran's Regional Policy: From the Pahlavis to the Islamic Republic

Raz Zimmt

11 Surveying the 'Sheikhdoms' of the Persian Gulf, 1966-1973: Newspaperman

‘Abbas Mas‘udi and the Construction of Iranian Nationalism in Foreign Policy

Camron Michael Amin

12 "True Muslims Must Always Be Tidy and Clean": Exoticism of the Countryside in Late Pahlavi Iran

Menahem Merhavi

13 "The Jew Has a Lot of Money, Too": Representations of Jews in twentieth Century Iranian Culture

Orly Rahimyan

14 Jewish Intellectuals in Iran and Their Quest for Iranian National Identity in the first half of the twentieth century

Miriam Nissimov

15 Pre-revolutionary Islamic Discourse in Iran as Nationalism: Islamism in Iran as nationalism

Alexander Greenberg

16 Nationalism and the Islamic Republic of Iran

Bernard Hourcade

17 Beyond Boundaries: Iranian Azeris in an Age of Globalization

Geoffrey F. Gresh

18 Guarding the Nation: The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Nationalism, and

the Iran-Iraq War

Annie Tracy Samuel

19 From State to Nation and from Nation to State in Egypt: The Role of the State in the Formation of Nationalism and the Role of Nationalism in the Formation of the State, 1805-1952

Israel Gershoni

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Meir Litvak is Associate Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History, Director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Shii Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The ‘Ulama’ of Najaf and Karbala’ and published widely on modern Shi`ism.