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The Emergence of Iranian NationalismRace and the Politics of Dislocation$
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Reza Zia-Ebrahimi

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175760

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175760.001.0001

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Pre-Islamic Iran and Archaistic Frenzy

Pre-Islamic Iran and Archaistic Frenzy

(p.73) 3 Pre-Islamic Iran and Archaistic Frenzy
The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi

Columbia University Press

Chapter 3 analyses dislocative nationalism's infatuation with Iran's pre-Islamic past (or 'archaistic frenzy'). The nationalist claim that such frenzy is a timeless feature of Iranian identity is challenged and the European Orientalist sources of this discourse highlighted.

Keywords:   Archaism, orientalism & zoroastrianism, Shahnameh reading, Dasatiri texts, Parsis & Iran, Iran subalternity

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