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Title: Iran's America : Iran's post-revolutionary narrative of the United States
Author: Sarduy, Naisy
ISNI:       0000 0004 2719 3463
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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This dissertation systematically explores the narrative of the United States in the public discourse of the Islamic Republic of Iran, from the triumph of the revolution through the second term of the Ahmadinejad presidency. It does so by examining the official pronouncements of Iranian leaders and ruling elite in their speeches, writings and interviews. The dissertation organizes this narrative into what it claims are three key and central pillars of the Iranian discussion of the United States, which have been consistently present since the establishment of the Islamic Republic, namely, The United States as "Global Arrogance", the United States as the "enemy of the Muslim world", and the United States as ultimately "doomed". The first three chapters of the dissertation address each of these themes, and explore the manner in which Iran's elite have portrayed the United States' foreign, and to some extent domestic, policies, as well as the trajectory of U.S.-Iran relations through the prism of these themes. The fourth and final chapter constitutes another component of the Iranian narrative, a counter-narrative of sorts to the first three long standing pillars. Chapter four presents "the Other America" and addresses the nuances and contradictions in the narratives established in the first three chapters. All four images of the United States are, in the Iranian narrative, connected to discussion of concrete policy issues that have engaged the two countries, and thus act individually and collectively as a prism through which US attitudes towards Iran and the Iranian response to it have been depicted and articulated in the public narrative.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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