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The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in IranFrom Tribal to Global$
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Stéphane A. Dudoignon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190655914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190655914.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran

Stéphane A. Dudoignon

Oxford University Press

Touching on the guerrilla activity of the 2000s and early 2010s on Iran’s eastern (Baluch) and western (Kurdish) borderlands, the introduction discusses early-twenty-first-century Western, (particularly U.S.) geopolitical views of the Sunni minority issue in the country, and of its possible political and military instrumentation against the Islamic Republic. The author skims through the gradual rediscoveries, by domestic and international research, of the transformation of tribes and tribal might as a political factor in Middle Eastern societies, and of the emergence and progressive politicisation of Sunni identity within a Shia-majority Islamic Republic. The author especially sheds light on the particular political pragmatism that was developed by Tehran and the Sarbazi ulama, since 1979, in their mutual relations.

Keywords:   Tehran, Sarbazi Ulama, Baluch, Kurdish, borderlands, Sunni, minorities, tribes, political pragmatism, Islamic Republic

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