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Table of contents for Religious minorities in Iran / Eliz Sanasarian.


List of illustrations    page ix
List of tables x
Preface   xi
Acknowledgments     xiv
Notes on transliteration and bibliography         xvii
Glossary  xviii

Introduction: an overview of politics and society      1
     Defining groups     1
     Conceptualizing this study         3
     Iran: an introduction         8
     A brief survey of Iranian politics      14
     The Islamic Republic          17
     Islam and Ahl al-Ketab        19
     Regime ideologues: the core mentalite        24
     Research on non-Muslim religious minorities       30

1 Ethnic anatomy and politics of non-Muslim minorities           34
     The Armenians  34
     The Assyrians and Chaldeans        40
     Missionary activities         43
     The Jews  44
     The Zoroastrians         48
     The Bahais     50
     Comparative dynamics          54

2 The Assembly of Experts: debut in the year of destiny     58
     Interactions between the non-Muslim and Muslim deputies          64
     Conclusion     71

3 Policy sphere of recognized religious minorities 73
     Religion  74
     Education 76
     Communal life  84
     The first and the second Majlis: 1980-88     93
     Two distinguishing features   100

4 Distinctions and designations as policy output  106
     The severity of treatment of the Jews   110
     The persecution of Bahais     114
     The troubled path of nonethnic Christian groups   123
     Particularities as the end product 127
     Limitations and the legal domain   129

5 Prevalent responses of recognized religious minorities    136
     Similar responses   136
     Responses unique to each group     147
     The meaning of the response   152

Conclusion: the perils of marginality   154
     The perils     161

Notes          164
Bibliography   209
Index          225