Arlene Dallalfar; Negotiated Allegiances: Contemporary Iranian Jewish Identities. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 August 2010; 30 (2): 272–296. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-2010-013
This qualitative ethnographic research is focused on Jewish Iranians currently living in Iran. I examine the vital role of gender, ethnicity, religion, class, family, and community in daily social and cultural practices among middle-class Judeo-Persians living in Tehran. This research promotes cultural awareness and examines the continuing presence of Jewish Iranians in the cultural and social landscape of contemporary Iran. In addition, I explore how the lives of Tehrani urban upper- and middle-class Jewish women have changed, addressing social demographic, structural, and cultural factors that impact their experiences as an ethnoreligious minority both during the Pahlavi era and in the current context of the Islamic Republic.