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Iran Without Borders: Towards a Critique of the Postcolonial Nation
Hardcover - English

A history of the cosmopolitan forces that made contemporary Iran

"No ruling regime," writes Hamid Dabashi, "could ever have a total claim over the idea of Iran as a nation, a people." For decades, the narrative about Iran has been dominated by a false binary, in which the traditional ruling Islamist regime is counterposed to a modern population of educated, secular urbanites. However, Iran has for many centuries been a nation forged from a diverse mix of influences, most of them non-sectarian and cosmopolitan.

In Iran Without Borders, the acclaimed cultural critic and scholar of Iranian history Hamid Dabashi traces the evolution of this worldly culture from the eighteenth century to the present day, journeying through social and intellectual movements, and the lives of writers, artists and public intellectuals who articulated the idea of Iran on a transnational public sphere. Many left their homeland--either physically or emotionally--and imagined it from places as far-flung as Istanbul, Cairo, Calcutta, Paris, or New York, but together they forged a nation as worldly as it is multifarious.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
1784780685
EAN
9781784780685
Publisher
Publication Date
09/08/2016
Pages
256
Dimension
21.34cm x 13.97cm x 2.54cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Dabashi, Hamid
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of, among other works, the acclaimedAuthority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads. He is also the editor of Transaction's Middle East Studies series.




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