Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace

Bazaar and State in Iran: The Politics of the Tehran Marketplace

by Arang Keshavarzian
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521866189

ISBN-13: 9780521866187

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Tehran Bazaar has always been central to the Iranian economy and indeed, to the Iranian urban experience. Arang Keshavarzian's fascinating book compares the economics and politics of the marketplace under the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it in the drive for modernisation and under the subsequent revolutionary regime, which came to power with a mandate to

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The Tehran Bazaar has always been central to the Iranian economy and indeed, to the Iranian urban experience. Arang Keshavarzian's fascinating book compares the economics and politics of the marketplace under the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it in the drive for modernisation and under the subsequent revolutionary regime, which came to power with a mandate to preserve the bazaar as an 'Islamic' institution. The outcomes of their respective policies were completely at odds with their intentions. Despite the Shah's hostile approach, the bazaar flourished under his rule and maintained its organisational autonomy to such an extent that it played an integral role in the Islamic revolution. Conversely, the Islamic Republic implemented policies that unwittingly transformed the ways in which the bazaar operated, thus undermining its capacity for political mobilisation. Arang Keshavarizian's book affords unusual insights into the politics, economics and society of Iran across four decades.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521866187
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #26
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

1. The puzzle of the Tehran Bazaar under the Pahlavi monarchy and the Islamic Republic; 2. Conceptualising the bazaar; 3. Bazaar transformations: networks, reputations and solidarities; 4. Networks in the context of transformative agendas; 5. Carpets, tea and teacups: commodity types and sectoral trajectories; 6. Networks of mobilisation under two regimes; 7. Conclusions; Selected bibliography; Index.

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