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Between Foreigners and ShiʿisNineteenth-Century Iran and its Jewish Minority$
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Daniel Tsadik

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804754583

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804754583.001.0001

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Reassertion of the Dhimmah (1884–1896)

Reassertion of the Dhimmah (1884–1896)

(p.125) Five Reassertion of the Dhimmah (1884–1896)
Between Foreigners and Shiʿis
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Nasir al-Din Shah's policies aimed at addressing the plight of Jews in Iran were erratic and indecisive, and did not fully materialize on the ground. Due to economic, social, political, and religious reasons, Iranian Jews would continue to suffer maltreatment and persecution in the years that followed. The ulama contributed to the Jews' plight during the nineteenth century, along with other elements such as government officials. This chapter examines the developments that made life difficult for the Jews of Hamadan during the nineteenth century, including the murder of a Jew by a Muslim in Shiraz, the tobacco concession granted by the Shah to a British citizen, Akhund Mullah 'Abdallah Burujirdi Hamadani's anti-Jewish activity, and the incident during a pilgrimage. It also looks at Hajj Sayyid 'Ali Akbar Fal Asiri's worldview of normal relations between a Muslim and a Jew, the Jewish community in Isfahan, and tolerance for the people of the Book within the limits of the dhimmah concepts.

Keywords:   Jews, Iran, al-Din Shah, pilgrimage, murder, ulama, Hamadan, dhimmah

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