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The Experience of Shiism in Iran 1 Reply

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Katharina Müller May 3.

Causes of problems in Iran 9 Replies

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Popular resistence in Iran 16 Replies

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Islamic Republic State Terrorism 39 Replies

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Political stand-off in Iran? 3 Replies

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Foreign policies of, and directed toward the Islamic Republic of Iran 71 Replies

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Information, social media, and mass media in Iran 1 Reply

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Is Iran Still a Theocracy? 11 Replies

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Youth and Young Adults in Iran 4 Replies

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Women in Iran 11 Replies

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Who owns what in Iran? Who controls the wealth? How does the economy work? 3 Replies

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Semantics, Pragmatics, and Truth in Persian Culture 3 Replies

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Religious Symbolism and Politics in Iran 2 Replies

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The cultural conflict between the Islamic Republic and the West

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Iranians at home and in the diaspora

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN Sep 7, 2009.

Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia: Shiites and Sunnis 1 Reply

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN. Last reply by Philip Carl SALZMAN Aug 16, 2009.

Ethnic Minorities in Iran

Started by Philip Carl SALZMAN Jul 20, 2009.

Does Iran have a radical government and a moderate population? 17 Replies

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Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 30, 2009 at 5:55pm
Has anyone seen Farhad Khosrokhavar's new book Avoir vingt ans au pays des ayatollahs, Robert-Laffont Publishers, Paris, 2009? He gave a good talk based on it at the Iran conference of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service in March. It is based on many interviews that he and his team carried out, mainly with young Iranians.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 30, 2009 at 6:13pm
There is an absolutely scurrilous, but fascinating, article by "Spengler" entitled "Sex, Drugs and Islam" (http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/KB24Ak02.html) which argues that "Iran is dying" and that the social fabric is radically decayed from drugs and prostitution. Could there be anything to this?
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 30, 2009 at 6:48pm
Two days ago the Sunni resistence group, Jundallah, led by members of the Rigi tribe, blew up a Shia mosque in Zahedan, the capital of the Province of Sistan and Baluchistan, killing some two dozen people, injuring two or three times more. The Jundallah say that they were targeting a high level Revolutional Guard meeting. The Iranian Interior Minister blames the U.S. and Israel.
There is no doubt that Sunni Baluchistan is not doing well under the Shia Islamic Republic, and that many Baluch are feeling grumpy. But is the Jundallah any more than a marginal terrorist group? How strong is public sentiment among the Baluch against the I.R. regime?
What about elsewhere in the country? The Kurds are restless, as always. But are there any serious challenges to the regime likely?
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 30, 2009 at 7:06pm
I recently presented, at a conference, an introductory discussion of ethnic diversity in Iran, entitled "Persians and Others." It can be found at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/04/persians-and-others-irans-minority-politics/ Any comments, thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be welcomed.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 30, 2009 at 8:37pm
Forthcoming: The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shi'ism: Iconography and Religious Devotion in Shi'i Islam (Hardcover), by Pedram Khosronejad (Editor)
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 31, 2009 at 2:33am
Eliza Jane Darling, you are most welcome. We are all hoping to learn more.
Comment by Reza Gholami on May 31, 2009 at 2:00pm
Hi Philip. Thanks for inviting me. I am looking forward to exchanging interesting anthropological ideas about Iranian life and society. I am currently researching the Iranian diaspora in London.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on May 31, 2009 at 2:34pm
Welcome Reza. Glad you have joined. Learning about the diaspora will add a dimension for us.
It has been reliably reported that one reaction in Iran to the Islamic Republic is the use of ancient Persian greeting: "darood" and "bedrood." In California, some members of the diaspora have built a Zoroastrian temple. (Well, it is California.) Have you seen any of this in London?
Comment by F. Ömer Akakça on June 1, 2009 at 12:38pm
On Salzman's nice post : http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mesh/2009/04/persians-and-others-irans-minority-politics/ . Here is a quick comment ("Any comments, thoughts, ideas, or suggestions would be welcomed") focusing on the ethno-linguistic map.

Salomon Bruk (who edited the original ethno-linguistic map) involved in many mapping and intelligence projects on ethnic groups of neighbouring countries (he also worked himself among Turkmen and Kirghiz groups in Southern Soviet Union); for this map (drawn before the census of 1345 (1966)), they relied mostly on unpublished intelligence reports. It is interesting to note that one of the most accurate map of Iranian ethnic groups is the product of such a political history.

On the weight of Persian and non-Persian speakers, I warmly recommend, for those who missed it, Bernard Hourcade's “Qui parle persan en Iran ?” , in D. Balland (ed.), Hommes et terres d’islam, mélanges offerts à Xavier de
Planhol, Téhéran, Institut Français de Recherche en Iran, 2000, vol. 1, pp. 419-434.
Comment by Philip Carl SALZMAN on June 3, 2009 at 1:45pm
I added five photos from my fieldwork in Baluchistan to my personal page. Feel free to have a look, if you care to.

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