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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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The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran

Stéphane A. Dudoignon

Oxford University Press

In the decades after Khomeini’s death, the oases world’s middlemen class of Iran’s Baluch society has produced political figures able to wield nationwide influence. While maintaining pressure on Tehran from within, the Iranisation of Deobandi religious schools (and of the Kurdish-born Muslim-Brother militant networks) helped reinforce Iran’s national cohesion despite periods of sharp tension. This permitted Deobandi leaders and their Muslim-Brother allies to obtain, under Reformist presidents Muhammad Khatami (1997-2005) and Hasan Ruhani (since 2013), concessions in terms of local government and representation of the minorities. At the same time, the underdevelopment of Iran’s Sunni-peopled marches, the continuous degradation of their ecological situation, the confiscation of the revenues of cross-border smuggling by the Islamic Republic’s paramilitary bodies, the limited reforms implemented since 2013 by the Ruhani administration, the June 2017 ISIS/Daesh-claimed attacks in Tehran and the anti-Sunni repression that followed have fuelled new waves of ‘tribal feud’. This growing violence highlights the contrast between the ability shown by the Sarbaz nexus of Deobandi Sunni ulama to develop nationwide influence, on the first hand, and, on the other hand, the limits of these middlemen’s leadership on Baluch society.

Keywords:   Iran, Baluch, Kurds, Deoband School, Muslim Brothers, Reformists, Muhammad Khatami, Hasan Ruhani, cross-border smuggling, ISIS, Daesh

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