An emissary of the Golden Age: Manekji Limji Hataria and the charisma of the archaic in pre-nationalist Iran

ZIA-EBRAHIMI, Reza (2011). An emissary of the Golden Age: Manekji Limji Hataria and the charisma of the archaic in pre-nationalist Iran. Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 10 (3), 377-390.

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Abstract

Early nationalist thought in nineteenth-century Iran emphasised the lost glories of the Zoroastrian pre-Islamic past, which it held for a utopian society of refinement, progress, and power destroyed by the advent of Islam. This article aims to show the prominence of this archaistic movement in the early phase of Iranian nationalism by highlighting the impact of an Indian Parsi traveller named Manekji Limji Hataria on nationalist intellectuals. Because of his religious background as a Zoroastrian, Manekji came to be perceived as an emissary of Iran's Golden Age. Fully aware of the potential influence this perception granted him, Manekji endeavoured to disseminate neo-Zoroastrian, pre-Islamic-centred, and frankly anti-Arab/anti-Islamic readings of history among intellectuals, and thus succeeded in having a disproportionate influence on the nationalist definition of Iranian history and identity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: From special issue : ASEN 2010 : Conference special issue : Nation and charisma
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1754-9469.2011.01091.x
Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 13:44
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 11:03
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5978

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