Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity

9781477307519: Paperback
Release Date: 1st May 2015

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 373

University of Texas Press

Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity

Paperback / £27.99

While recent books have explored Arab and Turkish nationalism, the nuances of Iran have received scant book-length study—until now. Capturing the significant changes in approach that have shaped this specialization, Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity shares innovative research and charts new areas of analysis from an array of scholars in the field.

Delving into a wide range of theoretical and conceptual perspectives, the essays—all previously unpublished—encompass social history, literary theory, postcolonial studies, and comparative analysis to address such topics as:

  • Ethnicity in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Political Islam and religious nationalism
  • The evolution of U.S.-Iranian relations before and after the Cold War
  • Comparing Islamic and secular nationalism(s) in Egypt and Iran
  • The German counterrevolution and its influence on Iranian political alliances
  • The effects of Israel's image as a Euro-American space
  • Sufism
  • Geocultural concepts in Azar's Atashkadeh

Interdisciplinary in essence, the essays also draw from sociology, gender studies, and art and architecture. Posing compelling questions while challenging the conventional historiographical traditions, the authors (many of whom represent a new generation of Iranian studies scholars) give voice to a research approach that embraces the modern era's complexity while emphasizing Iranian nationalism's contested, multifaceted, and continuously transformative possibilities.

Introduction (Kamran Scot Aghaie and Afshin Marashi)

Part 1. Orientalism, Modernity, and Historiography

Chapter 1. Paradigms of Iranian Nationalism: History, Theory, and Historiography (Afshin Marashi)

Chapter 2. Franz Babinger and the Legacy of the "German Counter- Revolution" in Early Modern Iranian Historiography (Ali Anooshahr)

Chapter 3. The Berlin Circle: Iranian Nationalism Meets German Countermodernity (Afshin Matin-Asgari)

Chapter 4. The Love That Dare Not Be Translated: Erasures of Premodern Sexuality in Modern Persian Mysticism (Wendy DeSouza)

Part 2. Imagining Iran: Land, Ethnicity, and Place

Chapter 5. Imagining Iran before Nationalism: Geocultural Meanings of Land in Azar's Atashkadeh (Mana Kia)

Chapter 6. The Khuzistani Arab Movement, 1941–1946: A Case of Nationalism? (Brian Mann)

Chapter 7. "The Portals of Persepolis": The Role of Nationalism in Early U.S.-Iranian Relations (Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet)

Chapter 8. An Iranian in New York:ʾAbbas Masʿudi’s Description of the Non-Iranian on the Eve of the Cold War (Camron Michael Amin)

Part 3. Religion, Nationalism, and Contested Visions of Modernity

Chapter 9. Islamic-Iranian Nationalism and Its Implications for the Study of Political Islam and Religious Nationalism (Kamran Scot Aghaie)

Chapter 10. The Place of Islam in Interwar Iranian Nationalist Historiography (Farzin Vejdani)

Chapter 11. Contesting Marginality: Ethnicity and the Construction of New Histories in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Touraj Atabaki)

Chapter 12. Return of the Avant-garde to the Streets of Tehran (Talinn Grigor)

Chapter 13. Construction of Iran's National Identity: Three Discourses (Sussan Siavoshi)

Chapter 14. Relocating a Common Past and the Making of East-centric Modernity: Islamic and Secular Nationalism(s) in Egypt and Iran (Hanan Hammad)

Chapter 15. "East Is East, and West Is West, and Never the Twain Shall Meet"? Post-1979 Iran and the Fragile Fiction of Israel as a Euro-American Space (Haggai Ram)




Kamran Scot Aghaie is Associate Professor of Islamic and Iranian History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies His previous books are The Women of Karbala: Ritual Performance and Symbolic Discourses in Modern Shi'i Islam and The Martyrs of Karbala: Symbols and Rituals in Modern Iran. Afshin Marashi is the Farzaneh Family Associate Professor of Iranian Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where he is also Director of the Iranian Studies Program. His previous publications include the book Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870–1940.

"Arguably the field’s most significant contribution to date. . . . Such a work is long overdue."

David Yaghoubian, Associate Professor of History, California State University San Bernardino, and author of Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran

"Their efforts are laudable and their contribution a welcome addition that enriches the historiography of Iranian nationalism. The book should serve graduate students, researchers, and academics in Iranian history and contemporary Iranian politics well."

Journal of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World