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Some notes on Iranian identity – reading Abbas Amanat

In thinking about the relations of Iran and the West questions arise immediately about the definitions of the two terms. While “the West” signifies some ambiguous geographical/cultural/racial/political entity that is understood to be non-homogenous by virtue of the fact that

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Reading Hafez, part 2 – حافظ خوانی، یادداشت دوم

Amanat’s reading of the poem, in “Iranian Idenity Boundaries: A Historical Overview:” In this masterful ghazal Hafez seems to be lamenting the tragic fall of his beloved patron, Abu Eshaq the prince ruler of the house of Inju. In AH

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