Derrida’s hostipitalité formulation provides a framework through which
we might begin to explore the relationship between Iranian citizen-hosts and
Afghan refugee-guests in the city of Shiraz and the surrounding province. Notions
of Iranian hospitality thread through multiple and diverse constructions of Iranian
selfhood. Religion, poetry and history speak to what it means to be Iranian,
marking out categories of Self and Other and, in doing so, exposing the limits of
hospitality in the very spaces that the nation is most acutely felt.