Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946

Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet


In Frontier Fictions, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet appears to be like on the efforts of Iranians to protect, if now not extend, their borders within the 19th and early 20th centuries, and explores how their conceptions of nationwide geography inspired cultural and political swap. The "frontier fictions," or the ways that the Iranians seen their usually fluctuating borders and the conflicts surrounding them, performed a dominant position in defining the state. On those borderlands, new principles of citizenship and nationality have been unleashed, refining older principles of ethnicity.

Kashani-Sabet continues that land-based conceptions of nations existed earlier than the appearance of the fashionable countryside. Her specialise in geography permits her to discover and rfile absolutely a variety of elements of recent citizenship in Iran, together with love of place of birth, the hegemony of the Persian language, and frequent curiosity in archaeology, go back and forth, and map-making. whereas many historians have thinking about the idea that of the "imagined neighborhood" of their causes of the increase of nationalism, Kashani-Sabet is ready to supplement this attitude with a truly tangible clarification of what connects humans to a particular position. Her technique is meant to complement our knowing not just of Iranian nationalism, but in addition of nationalism everywhere.

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