Religious Minorities in Iran

Religious Minorities in Iran

by Eliz Sanasarian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521029740

ISBN-13: 9780521029742

Pub. Date: 11/02/2006

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Eliz Sanasarian's book explores the political and ideological relationship between non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran and the state during the formative years of the Islamic Republic to the present day. Her analysis is based on a detailed examination of the history and experiences of the Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Jews, Zoroastrians, Bahais and Iranian…  See more details below

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Eliz Sanasarian's book explores the political and ideological relationship between non-Muslim religious minorities in Iran and the state during the formative years of the Islamic Republic to the present day. Her analysis is based on a detailed examination of the history and experiences of the Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Jews, Zoroastrians, Bahais and Iranian Christians, and describes how these communities have responded to state policies regarding minorities. Many of her findings are derived from personal interviews with members of these communities as well as careful analysis of primary documents. While the book is essentially an empirical study, it also highlights more general questions associated with exclusion and marginalization and the role of the state in defining these boundaries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521029742
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/02/2006
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #13
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Notes on transliteration and bibliography
Glossary
Introduction: an overview of politics and society1
1Ethnic anatomy and politics of non-Muslim minorities34
The Armenians34
The Assyrians and Chaldeans40
Missionary activities43
The Jews44
The Zoroastrians48
The Bahais50
Comparative dynamics54
2The Assembly of Experts: debut in the year of destiny58
Interactions between the non-Muslim and Muslim deputies64
3Policy sphere of recognized religious minorities73
Religion74
Education76
Communal Life84
The first and the second Majlis: 1980-8893
Two distinguishing features100
4Distinctions and designations as policy output106
The severity of treatment of the Jews110
The persecution of Bahais114
The troubled path of nonethnic Christian groups123
Particularities as the end product127
Limitations and the legal domain129
5Prevalent responses of recognized religious minorities136
Similar responses136
Responses unique to each group147
The meaning of the response152
Conclusion: the perils of marginality154
Notes164
Bibliography209
Index225

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