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The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi


Reza Zia-Ebrahimi revisits the work of Fathʿali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals who founded modern Iranian nationalism. In their efforts to make sense of a difficult historical situation, these thinkers advanced an appealing ideology Zia-Ebrahimi calls “dislocative nationalism,” in which pre-Islamic Iran is cast as a golden age, Islam is reinterpreted as an alien religion, and Arabs become implacable others. Dislodging Iran from its empirical reality and tying it to Europe and the Aryan race, this ideology remains the most politically potent form of identity ... More

Keywords: Nationalism, Imperialism, Iranian nationalism, dislocative nationalism, race

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231175760
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231175760.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, author