2015 Theses Doctoral
Prison Days: Incarceration and Punishment in Modern Iran
The Iranian prison is the subject of intense scrutiny for both opponents and supporters of the contemporary Islamic Republic. Despite these concerns, the 19th-20th history of Iranian crime and punishment has been given short shrift by scholars and political analysts alike. The historiographical silence on the history of confinement in modern Iran runs counter to an earlier Iranian intellectual trend, which took it as axiomatic that to live an ethical life meant eventual incarceration and probable torture. This dissertation argues that the prison has been a preeminent site from which modern discourses on rights, citizenship, justice, and the law have been staged, contested, and enacted. Through a study of previously unremarked on archives I argue that the history of the prison in Iran is no less than the fitful history of Iranian political modernity.
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More About This Work
- Academic Units
- Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies
- Thesis Advisors
- Dabashi, Hamid
- Ph.D., Columbia University
- Published Here
- September 28, 2015