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Jewish Identities in Iran: Resistance and Conversion to Islam and the Baha'i Faith
For minority faith groups living in nineteenth-century Iran, religious conversion to Islam - both voluntary and forced - was the primary means of social integration and assimilation. However, why was it that some Persian Jews instead embraced the emergent Baha'i Faith, which was subject to harsher persecution that Judaism? Mehrdad Amanat explores the conversion experiences ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by I. B. Tauris
(first published December 21st 2010)
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This is a very scholarly investigation into the conditions of 19th century Iran which allowed/encouraged many Jews to convert to the Baha'i Faith. Obviously, many Muslims did as well. It is most fascinating for its glimpses into a premodern country in which purity and dietary laws were so important a part of social life, and discrimination against minorities of any kind was a given.