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Armenian Christians in Iran
Ethnicity, Religion, and Identity in the Islamic Republic

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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429047

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  • Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has promoted a Shi'a Islamic identity aimed at transcending ethnic and national boundaries. During the same period, Iran's Armenian community, once a prominent Christian minority in Tehran, has declined by more than eighty percent. Although the Armenian community is recognised by the constitution and granted specific privileges under Iranian law, they do not share equal rights with their Shi'i Muslim compatriots. Drawing upon interviews conducted with members of the Armenian community and using sources in both Persian and Armenian languages, this book questions whether the Islamic Republic has failed or succeeded in fostering a cohesive identity which enables non-Muslims to feel a sense of belonging in this Islamic Republic. As state identities are also often key in exacerbating ethnic conflict, this book probes into the potential cleavage points for future social conflict in Iran.

    • Shows how social relations are created through public performances designed either to demonstrate loyalty to the Iranian state or express feelings of distance from mainstream Iranian society
    • Grapples with the generational gap in identity
    • Utilises non-Western sources
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    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429047
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Iranism, Islam and Armenian-ness in Iran
    2. Education and the construction of Armenian Iran
    3. Discrimination, status and response
    4. Stereotyping and identity
    5. Performing Armenian-ness in Tehran
    6. Identity and emigration
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    James Barry, Deakin University, Victoria
    James Barry is an Associate Research Fellow in Anthropology at Deakin University, Victoria specialising in religious and ethnic minorities. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Monash University, Melbourne. His research focuses on the role of Islam in Iranian foreign policy and supports the work of the Chair of Islamic Studies. In addition to Iran, Barry has carried out fieldwork in Australia, Indonesia and the United States.

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