A lecture by Vahe S. Boyajian (National Academy of Sciences, Armenia)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10383 Bunche Hall
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.
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Program on Central Asia