ZIA-EBRAHIMI, Reza (2011). Self-Orientalisation and dislocation: the uses and abuses of the Aryan discourse in Iran. Iranian Studies, 44 (4), 445-472.Full text not available from this repository.
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.
|Research Institute, Centre or Group:||Humanities Research Centre|
|Depositing User:||Lorna Greaves|
|Date Deposited:||28 Sep 2012 13:45|
|Last Modified:||30 Oct 2012 11:04|
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