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Wars and Veterans: A Panel Discussion

February 21, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join UNC Persian Studies for panel on the variety of lived experiences and literary expressions of the Iran-Iraq War.

The Evil Benevolence of War in Iranian Sacred Defense Literature
Amir Khadem
, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at University of Alberta

Using examples from the pro-state Iranian literature during and after the 1980-88 war against Iraq, this talk will offer an analysis of the narrative schemes and thematic patterns of the genre called Sacred Defense Literature. While the agenda of this genre is generally propagandist, its narrative nuances are not reducible to a simple ideological framework of hard-liner fundamentalism. For example, this literary genre has to find an answer to the question of how a war between two predominantly Muslim nations can be narrated as a resistance of modern Islam against late Western imperialism. The literature of Sacred Defense makes the case for both pacifism and chauvinism, as this talk will demonstrate via a set of textual examples.

Iranian Women, Social Class, and Patriotism in the Iran Iraq War
Mateo Farzaneh, Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University

Hundreds of thousands of Iranian women participated in a war that Saddam Hussein suddenly launched against Iran in 1980. Directly and forcefully these women contributed in the eight-year conflict and in this talk Farzaneh will discuss some of the unidentified factors behind their contribution.

Panel Moderator: Brian Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Education at UNC- Chapel Hill

For more information, please contact Dr. Claudia Yaghoobi,

Sponsors: UNC Persian Studies, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Department of Peace, War, and Defense, and the First Year Seminar Enhancement Fund.

Location: FedEx Global Education Center room 1005


February 21, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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