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FORMING NATIONAL IDENTITY IN IRAN: THE IDEA OF HOMELAND DERIVED FROM ANCIENT PERSIAN AND ISLAMIC IMAGINATIONS OF PLACE. Ali Mozaffari. I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd, London, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Palgrave Macmillan, New York. 296 pp. with 108 ills. (13 col.). 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9781780764436 In English.
Publisher's description: Modern Iran is a country with two significant but competing discourses of national identity, one stemming from ancient pre-Islamic customs and mythology, the other from Islamic Shiite practices and beliefs. This has left an often confused notion of identity in Iran. Ali Mozaffari explores the complex processes involved in the formation of Iranian national identity, laying particular stress upon the importance of place to ideas of homeland and the creation of a collective national identity. He illustrates his arguments through an analysis of the ancient Achaemenid capital of Persepolis and the Shiite rituals of Moharram. In a concluding part, he extends his analysis to the Ancient Iran Museum and the Islamic Period Museum, housed in the National Museum of Iran. An important work that offers powerful insights into the forces shaping national identity in Iran.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Near and Middle East/Islamic Art (Traditional), Non-Western in a Western Style, Middle East and North Africa (Western Style) — Iran (Persia) — Several Periods — Architecture, Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 158625
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