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Author Mirsepassi, Ali, author.

Title The discovery of Iran : Taghi Arani, a radical cosmopolitanism / Ali Mirsepassi
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2021]
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Contents Introduction : Iranian nationalism, past and present -- Transnational cosmopolitanism : Arani's life and times -- Among the nationalists in Berlin, 1922-29 -- The Persian language : a racialized national narrative -- For a radical cosmopolitan Iran -- Persian language, past and presence -- 'Erfan, reason and the nation -- Conclusion : an unfinished Iranian enlightenment
Summary "The Discovery of Iran examines the history of Iranian nationalism afresh through the life and work of Taghi Arani, the founder of Iran's first Marxist journal, "Donya." In his quest to imagine a future for Iran open to the scientific riches of the modern world and the historical diversity of its own people, Arani combined Marxist materialism and a cosmopolitan ethics of progress. He sought to reconcile Iran to its post-Islamic past rejected by Persian purists and romanticized by their traditionalist counterparts, while orienting its present toward the modern West in all its complex and conflicting facets. As Ali Mirsepassi shows, Arani's cosmopolitanism complicates the conventional wisdom that racial exclusivism was an insoluble feature of twentieth-century Iranian nationalism. In cultural spaces like "Donya," Arani and his contemporaries engaged vibrant debates about national identity, history, and Iran's place in the modern world. In exploring Arani's short but remarkable life and writings, Ali Mirsepassi challenges the image of Interwar Iran as dominated by the Pahlavi state to uncover fertile intellectual spaces in which civic nationalism flourished"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 03, 2021)
Subject Arrānī, Taqī -- Political and social views
Arrānī, Taqī
Cosmopolitanism -- Iran -- History -- 20th century
Nationalism -- Iran -- History -- 20th century
Philosophy, Marxist -- Iran -- History -- 20th century
Intellectual life.
Philosophy, Marxist.
Political and social views.
Iran -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021010707
ISBN 1503629805