CURA Muslim Studies: The Introduction of Family Names in Iran and Turkey

  • Starts: 3:00 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020
  • Ends: 4:00 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020
*Teatime talk for faculty and graduate students. With Professor Houchang Chehabi, Professor of International Relations and History In the nineteenth century the Ottoman Empire and Iran were the last two fully sovereign Muslim states. To consolidate their sovereignty and resist European encroachments, elites in both polities attempted to meet what was then known as the “standard of civilization.” This referred primarily to legal norms and institutional structures, but it also had a cultural component, touching on such aspects of everyday life as etiquette and dress. In this talk I will discuss one aspect of the acculturation to Western practices, i.e., the introduction of family names. Through the prism of the onomastic reforms introduced in the 1920s and 1930s, we can detect major parallels and differences in Turkish and Iranian state- and nation-building policies.
Zoom Meeting ID: 920 9280 5375 Passcode: 686397

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