Iran in the Middle East

Iran in the Middle East: Transnational Encounters and Social History (International Library of Iranian Studies)

Modern Iranian historiography has been dominated by a number of prominent themes, most importantly nationalism, modernization, religion, autocracy, revolution and war, which have led to animated debates and controversies among historians. These debates have often been conducted within a limited theoretical framework informed by civilizational approaches (pre-Islamic versus Islamic), Orientalism and other forms of essentialism, while the expansion of the state encouraged a top-down view that privileged the role of elites and marginalized the subaltern.

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