Armenian Christians in Iran : ethnicity, religion, and identity in the Islamic Republic

Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has promoted a Shi'a Islamic identity aimed at transcending ethnic and national boundaries. During the same period, Iran's Armenian community, once a prominent Christian minority in Tehran, has declined by more than 80%. Although the Armenian community is re...

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Main Author: Barry, James 1982- (Author)
Format: Print Book
Language: English
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Published: Cambridge, United Kingdom New York, NY Cambridge University Press 2019
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains: B Iran / Christian / Armenians
Further subjects: B Christians (Iran)
B Armenians (Iran) Religion
B Armenians (Iran) Ethnic identity
B Iran Ethnic relations
B Armenians (Iran)
Summary: Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has promoted a Shi'a Islamic identity aimed at transcending ethnic and national boundaries. During the same period, Iran's Armenian community, once a prominent Christian minority in Tehran, has declined by more than 80%. Although the Armenian community is recognised by the constitution and granted specific privileges under Iranian law, they do not share equal rights with their Shi'i Muslim compatriots. Drawing upon interviews conducted with members of the Armenian community and using sources in both Persian and Armenian languages, this book questions whether the Islamic Republic has failed or succeeded in fostering a cohesive identity which enables non- Muslims to feel a sense of belonging in this Islamic Republic . As state identities are also often key in exacerbating ethnic conflict, this book probes into the potential cleavage points for future social conflict in Iran
Iranism, Islam and Armenian-ness in Iran -- Education and the construction of Armenian Iran -- Discrimination, status and response -- Stereotyping and identity -- Performing Armenian-ness in Tehran -- Identity and emigration
Item Description: Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN: 9781108429047
9781108450324