Iran's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook

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ABC-CLIO, 2005 - Social Science - 376 pages
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Spanning a 5,000-year period, this is the first work to document the origins, evolution, and current status of all major ethnic groups in Iran.

From ancient civilizations of 3000 B.C. to the election of President Mohammad Khatami five millennia later, Iran's history is a rich palette of conquests, invasions, occupations, and revolutions. Iran's Diverse Peoples: A Reference Sourcebook documents for the first time the major ethnic groups that emerged during each era and traces their evolution to the present day.

Written by a social anthropologist educated in Iran and England, this analysis presents vital statistics on the Persians, Kurds, Turks, Lurs, Assyrians, Arabs, and other pastoral and urban groups of Iran, highlighting their differing languages, religions, cultural practices, political agendas, and current problems. The settling of nomadic tribes, the unveiling of women, the Islamic Revolution, OPEC, Soviet intervention, Kurdish oppression--these and other contentious topics are all examined with respect to their impact on Iran's ethnic entities.

  • Six maps detail Iranian territories during different periods from Mesopotamia in 3000 B.C. to modern times
  • An A-Z listing and timeline following each chapter summarize key peoples such as the ancient Lullubi tribe, Babylon, and events including the White Revolution


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I just read a page or two stating that last king of Afshar dynasty was killed by agha Mohammad khan qajar. However Agha Mohammad killed the last king of Zand dynasty!! This is a major oversight!


A Reference Sourcebook 1 Land and Early History
A Reference Sourcebook 2 Islamic Conquest
A Reference Sourcebook 3 The Rise of Shii Islam
A Reference Sourcebook 4 Modernization and National Identity
A Reference Sourcebook 5 TwentiethCentury Iran
A Reference Sourcebook 6 Reform and CounterReform
A Reference Sourcebook 7 A New Nation in the Making
A Reference Sourcebook 8 Tribes and the State
A Reference Sourcebook 9 Great Expectations
A Reference Sourcebook 10 Ethnicity versus Nationality
A Reference Sourcebook 11 Backlash
A Reference Sourcebook Appendix A Chronology and Origin of the Ruling Groups
A Reference Sourcebook Appendix B Ethnic Groups
A Reference Sourcebook Appendix C NonMuslim Religious Minorities
A Reference Sourcebook Index

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About the author (2005)

Massoume Price is a social anthropologist and an ecologist. She currently lives and works in Canada.

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