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The Nomadic Peoples of Iran (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 31. Juli 2002

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With the 1978-79 Revolution in Iran, the Pahlavi dynasty fell and was replaced by the Islamic Republic. In the decades since the Revolution all sectors of Iranian society, from the middle-class villas of northern Tehran to the remotest villages and nomad camps, have undergone profound changes. For many years the country was difficult to access by outsiders. Foreign media provided images of bearded men toting guns, veiled women in the cities and the horrors of the war with Iraq, yet little was known of what was going on in the countryside. Some nomad tribes were reported to be barely surviving after suffering discrimination and reductions in numbers in the last years of the Pahlavis, whereas others were said to be experiencing something of a renaissance. This book documents the life of the nomads in Iran at the end of the twentieth century. The magnificent photographs, mostly taken in the 1980s by the distinguished Iranian photographer Nasrollah Kasraian, reveal that many features of nomadic life remained as they had been for decades.

In the 1990s, as access grew easier, it became clear that although the nomads were far from finished, rapid population growth, mounting pressure on limited resources, overgrazing, soil erosion and changing economic conditions had forced some nomads to settle, while others faced an uncertain future. The seventeen essays in this book provide authoritative and accessible accounts of important aspects of the material culture and society of the main nomadic peoples of Iran. The authors include anthropologists, ethnographers, geographers and other specialists who lived for extended periods with different nomadic groups in the 1960s and 1970s, and in most cases have revisited the same peoples since the Revolution.


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Impressive in every way ... 3. Mai 2006
Von H. John Broome - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
If you have an interest in nomadic life, oriental carpets or Iran I recommend this book highly. Often, books containing wonderful photography are accompanied by sparce and superficial text. Not so with this book. Tapper and Thompson are respected experts in nomadism and oriental weavings and contribute extensive and scholarly information on the disappearing nomadic way of life in iran. Highly recommended !!
Strong women (and men) 22. April 2014
Von Hans-Peter Muller - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Richard Tapper, an emeritus professor of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, is an expert of the Shahsavan and has written a political and social history of these frontier nomads in the northwestern corner of Iran. He and Jon Thomson, a visiting fellow at St. Cross College, University of Oxford, and Director of the Beattie Archive in the Department of Eastern Art at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, have collected a large number of essays of the different nomadic tribes in Iran which are supplemented with wonderful photographs of the people by Nasrollah Kasraian. They were ‘taken’ as Thompson explains in the preface, during the 1980s, a time when Iran was in a murderous war with arch foe Saddam Hussein, then dictator in Iraq.

“We speak of ‘taking’ a photograph, and faced by a camera, many people intuitively sense that the photographer is taking something which in essence is for his own use. Even though a promise may be made to send prints – a promise often broken – the feeling remains that there is a predatory aspect to his work. This is especially the case when pictures are taken without a person’s permission or knowledge. The situation becomes abundantly clear to anyone foolish enough to use a Polaroid camera in the field. As soon as the subjects discover that they can get hold of the image and keep it for themselves, and furthermore they can control the image they present, all resistance vanishes and the clamour to be photographed is unending.”

The pictures are indeed breathtaking. My first impression was that they mainly portray old, middle-aged and young women with their children and grandchildren, not men: beautiful women with striking features. It is mentioned in the book and crystal clear when watching the pictures: “[they] are visibly tougher and freer than their settled sisters, yet their life consists of back-breaking work fetching huge loads of fuel and water and long hours at the loom.” One may instantly feel a desire to get to know them personally, talk with them and share so different experiences in life.
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