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Iranophobia; the logic of an Israeli obsession.


Iranophobia; the logic of an Israeli obsession.

Ram, Haggay.

Stanford U. Press


220 pages



Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures


Ram (Middle East studies, Ben Gurion U. of the Negev, Israel) presents a critical history of changing Israeli perceptions of Iran before and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He argues that, while some Israeli anxiety about Iran has derived from legitimate strategic concerns, much of it is derived from Israel's domestic crisis of modernity since the late 1970s. This crisis has involved a perception that Iran and Israel are similar states entwined by common trends and phenomena, a perception that has led to a displaced "moral panic" among the Israeli media, the public, and agents of social control.

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