Self-Orientalisation and dislocation: the uses and abuses of the Aryan discourse in Iran

ZIA-EBRAHIMI, Reza (2011). Self-Orientalisation and dislocation: the uses and abuses of the Aryan discourse in Iran. Iranian Studies, 44 (4), 445-472.

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    Abstract

    The claim to belong to the “Aryan race,“ believed to be rooted in the ancient self-designation ariya, is a fundamental pillar of the Iranian nationalist discourse. This paper aims to show that in fact it is a twentieth-century import from Europe, where after being instrumentalized for colonial endeavors and Nazi atrocities, it has become almost completely discredited. Yet Iranians continue to nonchalantly refer to themselves as Aryans and the myth of the “land of Aryans“ persists, even in academic circles. It will be argued that the reason for this resilience is the specific role Aryanism plays in Iranian identity politics, and the strategies designed to manage the trauma of the encounter with Europe.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00210862.2011.569326
    Page Range: 445-472
    Depositing User: Lorna Greaves
    Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2012 12:45
    Last Modified: 30 Oct 2012 11:04
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5979

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