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Andalusiasation: Is Iran on the Trajectory of De-Islamisation

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies
Issue number4
Number of pages20
Pages (from-to)500-519
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date22/05/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Andalusiasation is a critical concept in the Islamic Republic’s security discourse that implies the gradual de-Islamisation of cultural structures, which will eventually constitute an existential threat to the political domination of the Islamists. The state displays confidence about its hard power, yet it shows anxiety about the enemy’s cultural invasion. This article examines the widening religio-cultural gap between the state and the grassroots and evaluates the increasing securitisation of the cultural sphere in Iran.