The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation | University of Oxford

The Emergence of Iranian Nationalism: Race and the Politics of Dislocation

Speaker
Dr Reza Zia-Ebrahimi (King's College London)
Event date
Event time
17:00
Venue
St Antony's College
62 Woodstock Rd
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6JF
Venue details

Investcorp Auditorium

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Reza Zia-Ebrahimi revisits the work of Fath-Ali Akhundzadeh and Mirza Aqa Khan Kermani, two Qajar-era intellectuals who founded modern Iranian nationalism. In their efforts to make sense of a difficult historical situation, these thinkers advanced an appealing ideology Zia-Ebrahimi calls "dislocative nationalism," in which pre-Islamic Iran is cast as a golden age, Islam is reinterpreted as an alien religion, and Arabs become implacable others. Dislodging Iran from its empirical reality and tying it to Europe and the Aryan race, this ideology remains the most politically potent form of identity in Iran.