© 2012

Iran Facing Others

Identity Boundaries in a Historical Perspective

  • Editors
  • Abbas Amanat
  • Farzin Vejdani

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Abbas Amanat
      Pages 1-33
  3. The Legacy of Cultural Exclusion and Contested Memories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 36-36
    2. Dick Davis
      Pages 39-50
    3. Touraj Atabaki
      Pages 65-78
  4. Empires and Encounters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Rudi Matthee
      Pages 101-125
    3. Abbas Amanat
      Pages 127-151
  5. Nationalism and the Appropriation of the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Afshin Matin-asgari
      Pages 173-192
    3. H. E. Chehabi
      Pages 193-218
  6. Self-Fashioning and Internal Othering

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Abbas Amanat, Farzin Vejdani
      Pages 221-244
    3. Mina Yazdani
      Pages 245-266
    4. Monica M. Ringer
      Pages 267-277
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 279-294

About this book


Iran's long history and complex cultural legacy have generated animated debates about a homogenous Iranian identity in the face of ethnic, linguistic and communal diversity. The volume examines the fluid boundaries of pre-modern identity in history and literature as well as the shaping of Iranian national identity in the 20th century.


Central Asia complex identity imperialism Iran linguistics national identity nationalism perception

About the authors

ABBAS AMANAT Professor of History and International and Area Studies at Yale University, USA.
FARZIN VEJDANIGraduate student at Yale University, USA.

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