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  • "How can I ask some bazaari in Tehran for an end-user certificate?" he asks.

    Smugglers for the State

  • She had turned down a rich bazaari suitor for that very reason.

    Setareh Sabety: Working Class and Female in Iran

  • Contrary to the perception that bazaar merchants will follow a customer out of the store, as some do in tourist-heavy Arab countries such as Morocco, in Iran a bazaari would consider that kind of behavior beneath his dignity and a sign of weakness and desperation.

    Tehran or Bust

  • In 1996, investigative journalist Robert Kaplan found the epicenter of power in an unholy alliance of mosque and market — of clerics and bazaari.

    Iran on the Brink

  • Its internal politics are so complex that at times the country appears to have three competing governments: the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei and the goons in the security service; President Mohammad Khatami and his Western-tending elected government; and the former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose bazaari power base has made him a mediator between the other two.

    A Post-Saddam Scenario

  • The Foundation, which may have been little more than a facade for a terrorist network, was part of a "corporate bazaari" system that seemed to be gaining increasing control amidst the chaos and corruption of the Republic.

    Iran on the Brink

  • Additionally, the state can count on the support of the bazaari merchant classes, though merchants may not be the most reliable of the state's allies since, from time immemorial, they have had their own independent social interests, regardless of who wields the state power.

  • In this growing regional economy, the old bazaari elite were often rendered junior partners to purposefully transnational, polyglot, and stealth circuits of trade.

  • Kayhan daily described the strike as "an anti-national movement" and branded the bazaari protesters as "wealthy leech-like people" and "smugglers."

  • This view of a bazaari-regime alliance captures the historical and sociological reality of kinship, economic, and social affinities between some members of the bazaar and the clergy.


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  • "The government recently tried to impose a 3% value added tax (VAT) on various items, but it quickly provoked a strike among market traders, the so-called bazaaris, in the capital, Tehran, and other major cities.

    The bazaaris are credited with playing a crucial role in the success of the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Their status and power within Iran is almost mythical."

    - John Leyne, 'Iran economy facing 'perfect storm'', BBC website, 24 Oct 2008.

    October 24, 2008