Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 M.A. in Iranian Studies, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


This research sheds light on what has constituted and defined Iran’s postrevolutionary political identity and provides insights into its development with important socio-political implications. In order to understand the configuration
and the evolution of post-revolutionary identity in Iran, we examined Hajj Messages issued by Iran’s Supreme Leader through a content analysis within the framework of a threefold typological model of identity advanced by the authors:
empiricistic, rationalistic, and idealistic. The passages selected from the Supreme Leader’s Hajj Messages are classified into the above-mentioned three categories based on the model. Results indicate that in the post-revolutionary Iran, a
rationalism that inherits the doctrines of anti-despotism, anti-colonialism, and return to Islam prevails. It is also observed that the post-revolutionary identity of Iran has both empiricist and idealist factors, in the narrations of which the rituals of Hajj and the history of prophets are underscored respectively. This research also concerns ebbs and flows in the process of identity development in postrevolutionary Iran. Whilst the rationalist factor keeps stable and is gradually
strengthening its preponderance, idealism is ebbing away and empiricism is flowing in.


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