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"Patron and Patriot: Dinshah Irani and the Revival of Indo-Iranian Culture"

Wed, March 20, 2013 • 4:00 PM • Texas Union, Lone Star Room (3.208)

The Middle East History Lecture Series Presents
"Patron and Patriot: Dinshah Irani and the Revival of Indo-Iranian Culture"
A lecture by Afshin Marashi, University of Oklahoma

In this talk, Afshin Marashi examines the life and work of Dinshah Irani, a prominent Parsi scholar, lawyer, and philanthropist who was a key intellectual intermediary between the Parsi community of Bombay and the intellectual community of Iranian nationalists during the 1920s and 1930s. Marashi details the role played by Irani in patronizing the publication of Zoroastrian-themed printed works in Bombay that were intended for export to the reading market in Iran. By focusing on the life and work of Dinshah Irani, he details the important role the Parsi community of Bombay played in the revival of Iranian antiquity during the early twentieth century. This topic also highlights the transnational cultural and intellectual history of Iranian nationalism during the Reza Shah period.     

Afshin Marashi is the Farzaneh Family Chair in Iranian Studies in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He is the author of Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power and the State, 1870-1940.

Sponsored by: The Middle East History lecture series is sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of History, and the Institute for Historical Studies.


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