Persian Nationalism and the Campaign for Language Purification

Author: Mehrdad Kia
Source: Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 34, No. 2 (Apr., 1998), pp. 9-36
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.

Mehrdad Kia is Professor of History at the University of Montana.
A big-city guy from the Iranian capital of Tehran, Kia followed a family tradition when he went abroad for his college education. By age 17 he was living with an uncle in Chicago and then wound up attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning a doctoral degree in Middle Eastern and North African history. Thereafter, he taught at his alma mater and Cornell College before coming to UM in 1989.

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