By Hamid Dabashi

A heritage of the cosmopolitan forces that made modern Iran

“No ruling regime,” writes Hamid Dabashi, “could ever have a complete declare over the belief of Iran as a kingdom, a people.” for many years, the narrative approximately Iran has been ruled by way of a fake binary, during which the normal ruling Islamist regime is counterposed opposed to a latest inhabitants of informed, secular urbanites. in spite of the fact that, Iran has for lots of centuries been a country cast from a various mixture of impacts, such a lot of them non-sectarian and cosmopolitan.

In Iran without boundary lines, the acclaimed cultural critic and student of Iranian historical past Hamid Dabashi lines the evolution of this worldly tradition from the eighteenth century to the current day, traveling via social and highbrow activities, and the lives of writers, artists and public intellectuals who articulated the belief of Iran on a transnational public sphere. Many left their homeland—either bodily or emotionally—and imagined it from locations as far-flung as Istanbul, Cairo, Calcutta, Paris, or long island, yet jointly they solid a state as worldly because it is multifarious.

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