talk iran

A Conversation with Reza Zia-Ebrahimi

April 20, 2019 Season 2 Episode 1
talk iran
A Conversation with Reza Zia-Ebrahimi
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talk iran
A Conversation with Reza Zia-Ebrahimi
Apr 20, 2019 Season 2 Episode 1
Saman Askari
This is a conversation about Iranian nationalism, the Aryan race theory and other related topics with a historian.
Show Notes

In this episode, I speak with Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, a historian and a Senior Lecturer at King's College London. We talk about what he calls 'dislocative nationalism', a sort of Iranian nationalism that was deliberately devised and disseminated, starting in the 19th century. He outlines the founding of dislocative nationalism and how it aimed to cast Iran’s pre-Islamic period as the nation’s golden age, interpreting Islam as an alien religion. He explains the otherization of Arabs in Iran and how the country was dislodged from its empirical reality and tied to Europe and the Aryan race by transforming and using European racial ideas of the time.
 



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