“Vahdat-e Islami” (“Islamic Unity”) Conventions in Sarhadd, Iranian Baluchestan: A Tool for Stability and Power Control


“Vahdat-e Islami” (“Islamic Unity”) Conventions in Sarhadd, Iranian Baluchestan: A Tool for Stability and Power Control

Photo by Vahe S. Boyajian, near Khash, Sarhadd region, 2015.


A lecture by Vahe S. Boyajian (National Academy of Sciences, Armenia)


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA


The province of Sistan and Baluchestan in Iran, bordering with Afghanistan and Pakistan, has always been a sensitive region in Iran, and such a perception is not only deeply rooted in the public consciousness, but also is regularly accentuated by the state. The spectrum of the reasons for such a consideration is wide enough – from the relatively unfavorable social and economic conditions in the province to common problems related to smuggling from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The state conducts a purposeful and coordinated policy for preventing undesirable developments in the province that could cause a split within the society and promote anti-regime or, even, anti-state manifestations especially among the Sunni majority. 

The aim of this paper is to present the essence of the “Vahdat-e Islami” (“Islamic Unity”) Conventions – a tool aimed at the consolidation of the people in the province – and analyze its impact on the socio-political life of the province.

 

Vahe S. Boyajian is a Research Fellow in the Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, in Armenia. 

 

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Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Program on Central Asia