This article examines the urban insertion of some Iranian religious minorities in separate neighbourhoods, an ancient feature of Iranian city-planning, which became real ghettos as for the Safavid period: Armenians of Isfahan, Jews of Shiraz, and Zoroastrians of Yazd. The author notably describes the organisation of these neighbourhoods during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Anthropologist A.-S. Vivier-Mureşan also suggests that these separate neighbourhoods’ respective destinies were different from one city to another: When a quarter succeeded in adapting to modernity, it retained its minority population, which feels proud to live there as it is the case of Julfa in Isfahan. Presented as paradigmatic, the situations observed remain characteristic of the central Iranian plateau and do not extend to the periphery of Iran, where ethnic history and relations between the Persian/Shiite and other populations responds to completely different historical and demographical schemes.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.4.B-514