MME Lec9 - Iran and its Ethnicities Lecture 9 Iran and its...

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Iran and its Ethnicities Lecture 9 Iran and its Ethnicities Turkomans Baluchis Ahwazis Asaris Bakhatyaris Arabs Farsis The invention of Tradition Iran, together with Turkey and the Arab states in the post Ottoman idea involved the "invention" of new roots Invention of tradition comes from a concept developed by the British historians Eric Hobsbawm and Terrence Ranger They used it to explain the selective reconstruction of the past through the enhancement of certain received patrimonies which became essential as the core of the new nationalism Highland Scottish traditions give us an example for the Scottish elaboration of an anti-English nationalism Such ‘invention of tradition’ involves linguistic, tribal, and symbolic putative origins (the quilt, highland dialects, tribal military traditions, etc…) The Pahlavis and the invention of Tradition in Iran Modest origins of Reza Shah required seeking roots in a mixture of pre-Islamic greatness of Persia, and creating affinities with medieval Iranian glories, hence Pahlavi, the classical literary tradition of Persia Compare with Muhammad Ali (former Albanian slave), the Sanusi (Wahhabis from Libya), and the Hashimites in Iraq and Jordan and Syria tracing their descent to the Prophet Sometimes the invention of tradition reverses the order of greatnes to stress humble origins E.g. Muhammad Musaddaq (who hails form Qajjar princely family) and
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MME Lec9 - Iran and its Ethnicities Lecture 9 Iran and its...

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