‘Arab invasion’ and decline, or the import of European racial thought by Iranian nationalists

ZIA-EBRAHIMI, Reza (2012). ‘Arab invasion’ and decline, or the import of European racial thought by Iranian nationalists. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (6), 1043-1061.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2012.734389


Historical research on western racial theories has grown exponentially in the past few years. A number of scholars have also investigated various cases of ethnic prejudice beyond the western pale, for instance against Koreans in Japan or Muslims in India. Yet, little attention has been given to the modalities in which European nineteenth-century racial thought was adopted in other parts of the world. This article attempts to broach a discussion on this under-analysed aspect of race studies by reviewing one case, that of Arab-hatred in modern Iran. I argue that the intense hatred of Arabs in Iranian nationalist texts derives from a racialized vision of Iranian history born in nineteenth-century European texts. Racialized historiography was selectively imported by the ideologues of Iranian nationalism as it allowed them to explain Iran's weakness in terms of a loss of racial purity

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2012.734389
Page Range: 1043-1061
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 12:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:30
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9075

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