Perceptions and Treatments of the Close Other in Northern Iran
Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
Two different types of treatment of the Other in Northern Iran are briefly discussed here: the inhabitants of Gilān as an object of mockery by the people of the Iranian plateau, and the frequent interfaith marriages between Sunnis and Shias in Talesh. These two types of relationship reflect an interesting and different treatment of the Other, who, even if seen as negative, is still perceived as harmless. The data are grounded on fieldwork done in Northern Iran from the 1970s onwards.
Northern Iran. Gilan. Talesh. Other. Mockery. Interfaith.