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Refashioning Iran

Orientalism, Occidentalism and Historiography

Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 1-17
  3. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 18-34
  4. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 35-53
  5. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 54-76
  6. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 77-95
  7. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 96-112
  8. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 113-134
  9. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi
    Pages 135-143
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 144-216

About this book


Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi offers a corrective to recent works on Orientalism that focus solely on European scholarly productions without exploring the significance of native scholars and vernacular scholarship to the making of Oriental studies. He brings to light a wealth of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Indo-Persian texts, made 'homeless' by subsequent nationalist histories and shows how they relate to Indo-Iranian modernity. In doing so, he argues for a radical rewriting of Iranian history with profound implications for Islamic debates on gender.


gender historiography history identity Iran national identity women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityIllinoisUSA

About the authors

MOHAMAD TAVAKOLI-TARGHI is Associate Professor of Historiography and Middle Eastern History at the Illinois State University. His publications have appeared in Radical America, Iranian Studies, and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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