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Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 [Hardcover]

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

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10 Mar 2000
This work looks at the efforts of Iranians to defend, if not expand, their borders in the 19th and early-20th centuries, and explores how their conceptions of national geography influenced cultural and political change.

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"Thoroughly researched, eloquently written, and objectively presented, Frontier Fictions is a valuable addition to contemporary Iranian historiography."--Choice --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Frontier Fictions is an outstanding work of historical interpretation. . . . A book that lays bare the making of Iranian identity and physical and cultural borders. A work of real subtlety and elegance."--Fouad Ajami, Middle East Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University

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LONG BEFORE the French Revolution an anonymous geographer of the tenth century had already imagined the "boundaries of the world" (hudud al-'alam) as comprising distinct regions (nahiyat). Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original approach to Middle East history 31 Mar 2001
By "petersisma" - Published on Amazon.com
I found this book to be a refreshing study of Middle Eastern nationalism. It went well beyond the traditional focus on religion and politics that seems to be the staple of other works on nationalism. It includes a wealth of information that many interested in Iran and the Middle East can profit from. It offers theoretical discussions of nationalism as well as specific historical points that distinguish the Iranian case from others. I found the writing engaging, the research broad and original, and the arguments are new. I would recommend it to those interested in modern Iran or nationalism in the Middle East
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5.0 out of 5 stars Significance of frontiers 23 Jan 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is the best available work on nationalism in Iran ... the research unprecedented and the analysis fresh. I recommend it to readers interested in learning something new about Iran. The significance of frontiers in Iranian history and political life is a subject that other scholars have unfortunately ignored. It is a welcome addition.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work on Iran 12 April 2011
By Beylerbey - Published on Amazon.com
This book remains an essential work on the process and imagination of nationalism in Iran. The work is thoroughly researched and includes still-fresh insights into the tension between national ideas and geographical realities. Necessary reading for those interested in modern Iran - and it's neighboring states too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Approach to Iranian Nationalism 17 Mar 2001
By Tron Honto - Published on Amazon.com
Make that rating 3.5 stars. This book's effort to examine the rise of Iranian natoinalism in terms of land and cartography are unique. The author takes the "Map" of Anderson's "Census, Map, and Museum" and runs with it. The *frictions* on its borders arising from international intrigue, from the Qajars to the Pahlavis, set the stage for *fictions* of nationality and unity. Of course, as any specific book like this would be, it can be quite dry. At no time is it @ all exhilirating. I would recommend it only for those highly interested in studying modern Iran and how modern historiography is to be applied to examining its birth.
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