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The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran: From Tribal to Global

Stéphane A. Dudoignon


Since 2002, Sunni jihadi groups have been active in Iranian Baluchistan without managing to plunge the region into chaos. This book suggests that a reason for this, besides Tehran’s military responses, has been the quality of Khomeini and Khamenei’s relationship with a network of South-Asia-educated Sunni ulama (mawlawis) originating from the Sarbaz oasis area, in the south of Baluchistan. Educated in the religiously reformist, socially conservative South Asian Deoband School, which puts the madrasa at the centre of social life, the Sarbazi ulama had taken advantage, in Iranian territory, of t ... More

Keywords: Iran, Baluch, ulama, Sunnis, Deoband, Muslim-Brothers, Ruhani, ISIS, Daesh, Sunni radicalisation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190655914
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190655914.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, author
EHESS, Paris