Sunni Communities in the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2013-2021

Securitization, Secularization and Privatization


Sunni-Shia relations in Iran offer an analytical guide for the interpretation of inequality, securitization, and immigration. This book reorients our understanding of contemporary Iran by answering still unacknowledged questions: how is the relationship, the interaction and socio-political behaviour between the Islamic Republic and its Sunni minorities? Using unexamined sources and fieldwork, Hessam Habibi Doroh shows a clear insight into the life of Iranian Sunnis, their contention and cooperation with the state during Hasan Rouhani´s presidency. Comparison with the wider region complements this nuanced portrayal of impacts of privatization, secularization, and securitization on the sectarian relations between the state and its minorities.

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Hessam Habibi Doroh specializes in South Asian Studies and in International Relations in Austria. Currently he is lecturer and researcher at the University of Applied Sciences, FH Campus Vienna.
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Part 1: Confessional Minorities, Comparative Perspectives

1 Coexistence and Religious Differences in Asia

2 The Iranian Perspective

Comparison and Conclusion of Part 1

Part 2: Unity and Its Enemies, Perspectives from Shia Elites

Introduction to Part 2

3 Unity as the Order

4 Enemies and Their Infiltration

Annex 1

Part 3: Exclusionary Co-existence, Perspectives from Sunni Communities

Introduction to Part 3

5 Tolerance, Co-existence and the “Glory of Umma”

6 Injustice, Inequality and Discrimination

Annex 2
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