Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 by Firoozeh Kashani-SabetFrontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946 by Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946

byFiroozeh Kashani-Sabet

Paperback | April 17, 2011

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 224 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


InFrontier Fictions, Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet looks at the efforts of Iranians to defend, if not expand, their borders in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and explores how their conceptions of national geography influenced cultural and political change. The "frontier fictions," or the ways in which the Iranians viewed their often fluctuating borders and the conflicts surrounding them, played a dominant role in defining the nation. On these borderlands, new ideas of citizenship and nationality were unleashed, refining older ideas of ethnicity.

Kashani-Sabet maintains that land-based conceptions of countries existed before the advent of the modern nation-state. Her focus on geography enables her to explore and document fully a wide range of aspects of modern citizenship in Iran, including love of homeland, the hegemony of the Persian language, and widespread interest in archaeology, travel, and map-making. While many historians have focused on the concept of the "imagined community" in their explanations of the rise of nationalism, Kashani-Sabet is able to complement this perspective with a very tangible explanation of what connects people to a specific place. Her approach is intended to enrich our understanding not only of Iranian nationalism, but also of nationalism everywhere.

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabetwas born in Tehran, Iran. She completed her Ph.D. in history at Yale University.
Title:Frontier Fictions: Shaping the Iranian Nation, 1804-1946Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 17, 2011Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:069115113X

ISBN - 13:9780691151137

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents



Chronology of Major Events


Introduction. Frontier Fictions 3

1 A Manifest Destiny Diverted, 1804-1896 15

2 Limning the Landscape: Geographical Depictions of the Homeland, 1850s-1896 47

3 From Riches to Ruins: The Political Economy of Frontiers, 1897-1906 75

4 Political Parables: Iran's Frontier Crucible, 1906-1914 101

5 Coercing Camaraderie: The War, the Military, and the Myth of Riza Khan, 1914-1926 144

6 Parenting Little Patriots: Domesticating the Homeland, 1921-1926 180

Conclusion. What's in a Name? From Persia to Iran, 1926-1946 216

Notes 227

Bibliography 285

Index 301

Editorial Reviews

"Thoroughly researched, eloquently written, and objectively presented, Frontier Fictions is a valuable addition to contemporary Iranian historiography."--Choice