Iran and the Surrounding World: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics

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Nikki R Keddie, Rudolph P Matthee
University of Washington Press, 2002 - History - 393 pages
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These essays examine Iranís place in the world--its relations and cultural interactions with its immediate neighbors and with empires and superpowers from the beginning of the Safavid period in 1501 to the present day. The book provides important historical background on recent political and social developments in Iran and on its contemporary foreign relations. The topics explored include Iranian influence abroad on political organization, religion, literature, art, and diplomacy, as well as Iran's absorption of foreign influences in these areas. A special focus is the prevailing political culture of Iran throughout its early modern and contemporary periods.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Iranian Culture and South Asia 15001900
15
Changing Relationships
61
The Early Safavids and Their Cultural Interactions
89
PreNineteenthCentury
121
The Quest for the Secret of Strength in Iranian
146
The Evolving Polemic of Iranian Nationalism
162
Foreign Education the Womens Press and the Discourse
182
International Connections of the Iranian Womens Movement
205
The Presentation of the Self and the Other
232
Iran and the West
254
The Iranian Revolution and Changes in Islamism
327
A Revolution in Transition
355
The Contributors
375
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