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WEAVING IRAN INTO THE TREE OF NATIONS

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Nationalism insists on the uniqueness of each nation. So, too, does the study of nationalism. For example, Ernest Renan, a cheerleader of nationalism, used the imagery of each nation “hold[ing] one note in the concert of humanity.” Elie Kedourie, who abhorred the excesses of nationalism, similarly identified its essence as a commitment to “the excellence of diversity.” Whether focused on political borders or social solidarity, the concept of the nation necessarily marks insiders with a special status, distinct from all others.

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Charles Kurzman is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-3210, USA; e-mail: kurzman@unc.edu.
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International Journal of Middle East Studies
  • ISSN: 0020-7438
  • EISSN: 1471-6380
  • URL: /core/journals/international-journal-of-middle-east-studies
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