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Age of RoguesRebels, Revolutionaries and Racketeers at the Frontiers of Empires$
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Ramazan Öztan and Alp Yenen

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474462624

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462624.001.0001

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Racketeers in Politics: Theoretical Reflections on Strong-man Performances in Late Qajar Iran

Racketeers in Politics: Theoretical Reflections on Strong-man Performances in Late Qajar Iran

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(p.120) 4 Racketeers in Politics: Theoretical Reflections on Strong-man Performances in Late Qajar Iran
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Age of Rogues
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Olmo Gölz

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474462624.003.0004

During the Constitutional Revolution in Iran, the horse dealer Sattar Khan and the bricklayer Baqer Khan from Tabriz became the most famous heroes of their country. Insofar as they are heroes and representatives of a prominent interpretation of the revolution, they are figures of collective memories that stand for a certain perspective on the historical processes themselves, in which the ‘simple man’ is held responsible for political action. This chapter argues that the success story of the two revolutionary leaders forged a masculinity ethos that put strong emphasis on political action and ‘tough-guy’ performances at the same time. By drawing on the racket theory of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno, this paper will offer three theoretical arguments that might shed light the luti masculinity ethos: (1) the constant references to the luti status of the two racketeers Sattar Khan and Baqer Khan helped to ‘Iranise’ the Constitutional Revolution and obfuscate its transnational entanglements; (2) their example helped to reshape gender discourses in general and notions of hegemonic masculinity in particular; and (3) this had distinct consequences for Iran’s history in the course of the century, for the ‘simple man’s’ obligation to contribute to national politics is valorised.

Keywords:   constitutional revolution, Qajar Persia, Iran; luti, Heroes, racket theory, hegemonic masculinity

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