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p. 1085. Iran and the Iranianslocked

  • Ali M. Ansari


‘Iran and the Iranians’ explains that to begin to understand Iran is to appreciate its history—real and mythological—to see how different influences have been woven into a complex tapestry and how each layer has reinforced and redirected various traditions. Transcending that tradition and harnessing it for the future has been at the heart of the progressive agenda for over a century. Despite Iranians’ complex inheritance it is also true that as a political culture and civilization, the idea of Iran and the Iranians have sustained some striking continuities. The persistence of the language and the flexibility and adaptability of their culture has made it durable.

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