Beyond Westoxification and Orientalism: How to Read Iranian Politics

Giorgia Perletta

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Using fixed categories to describe Iranian politics is often a risk. Western readings are frequently imbued with misconceptions and prejudices due to an Orientalist approach. At the same time, the official narrative of the Islamic Republic reflects a self-representation in conscious reaction to Western views of Iran. These two readings clash with each other at the expense of a deep and fair understanding of Iranian politics. The Western interpretation of Iran’s politics and domestic dynamics is often based on a dichotomous reading that confines spaces and actors within two confronting dimensions. Political debates are described as a constant clash between conservatives and reformists, pragmatists and radicals, or moderates and hardliners.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2019
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  • Contemporary Iranian policy
  • Iran
  • Iran Foreign Policy
  • Orientalism
  • Political categories
  • Westoxification


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