The story of the daughters of Quchan: gender and national memory in Iranian history

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Syracuse University Press, 1998 - History - 241 pages
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In 1905, Iranian women and girls had been sold by needy peasants to pay their taxes, or taken as booty in a raid by Turkoman tribesmen against a village settlement in Northeast Iran. Occurring in the year immediately prior to the Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1905-1909), the telling and retelling of this event became a focus for outrage and grievance, contributing to both popular mobilizations against autocracy and a constitutional regime.The narration of this event took all of Iran by storm. Shortly after the opening of the new parliament in 1906, relatives of some of the captive women demanded that the parliament punish those responsible. The newly reconstituted Ministry of Justice investigated the matter and actually tried several people who were alleged to be responsible. In The Story of the Daughters of Quchan, Afsaneh Najmabadi investigates what made this incident so powerful. How did a familiar incident of rural destitution and the story of yet another Turkoman raid become a uniquely outrageous story? Although it captured the Iranian national imagination, this event has been all but forgotten. What does this "amnesia" tell us about the political culture of modern Iran, as well as that country's national memory, and about modernist historiography in general

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