Imagining Iran: The Tragedy of Subaltern Nationalism

Imagining Iran: The Tragedy of Subaltern Nationalism

Majid Sharifi

Thematically, this e-book problematizes Iranian respectable nationalism. It reports how each glossy Iranian regime because the constitutional revolution of the 1905-06 has did not legitimize its reliable identification, leading to the autumn of 5 varied regimes. The publication info how the cave in of every regime led to the interruption of the authentic which means of being Iranian, in addition to the meanings of its enemies. What remained an identical used to be how each Iranian regime represented itself because the agent of a selected nationwide wish outlined when it comes to making Iran to develop into sovereign, built, democratic, and constitutional. still, no regime was once in a position to persuade an exceptional majority of the folk that it completed what it represented.

This publication makes 3 particular contributions. the 1st contribution is pedagogical. by way of targeting the dynamics of regime adjustments, it offers a heuristic version for picking demanding situations that every one Iranian regimes have confronted. furthermore, the publication is a entire assessment of the disruptive, oppressive, and bloody nature of the increase and fall of other regimes. the second one contribution is theoretical. instead of studying the habit of varied Iranian regimes in isolation from their overseas context, the booklet examines how every one regime bought to appreciate itself in kin to its imperial others. through interpreting the governmental rationality of every regime, the booklet deals a greater theoretical framework for figuring out political improvement not just in Iran, but additionally in all different center japanese and South Asian states. ultimately, the 3rd contribution of this ebook is its serious method of the most physique of the literature on Iran, modernity, improvement, democracy, and constitutionalism.

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