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Iranian Nationalism and Invented Traditions: Socioeconomic Dimensions of Pahlavi’s Shiraz and Islamic Republic’s Karbala
This paper embarks on a comprehensive exploration of the socioeconomic implications of invented traditions in the context of Iranian nationalism, specifically focusing on the cities of Shiraz during the Pahlavi era and Karbala in the post-Islamic Revolution period. Drawing from Eric Hobsbawm's insights, the study sheds light on the strategic creation of these traditions as tools to not only strengthen political dominance but also to weave a tale of historical continuity. In the Pahlavi era, the emphasis was on rooting the regime's legitimacy in pre-Islamic Iran's ancient history, casting Shiraz as the symbolic heart of this narrative. In stark contrast, the post-revolutionary narrative pivoted towards an emphasis on Islamic heritage, with Karbala emerging as the focal point. Beyond the political maneuverings, this research delves into the broader socioeconomic factors underpinning these shifts, highlighting the dynamic nature of nationalist narratives and the profound impact of invented traditions.
International Relations/Affairs
Political Science
Geographic Area
Islamic World
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