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The Martyrs of Karbala


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Table of Contents

1. A Brief Historical Background of Shi'ism and Moharram
2. The Qajar Elites and Religious Patronage (1796-1925)
3. Qajar Society and Religious Culture: Tehran as a Case Study
4. The Pahlavi Regime and the Emergence of Secular Modernism (1925-1979)
5. Religious Rituals, Society, and Politics during the Pahlavi Period
6. Hoseyn, "The Prince of Martyrs"
7. Fatemeh, Zeynab, and Emerging Discourses on Gender
8. The Islamic Republic
9. Conclusion

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Explores the ebb and flow of religious fervor in Iran for over two centuries

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Kamran Scot Aghaie is assistant professor of Islamic and Iranian history at the University of Texas at Austin.


"Aghaie brings to the fore the complex interplay and interaction between ritualistic religious observations and pressing political action, and demonstrates how religion and politics have been mixed in Iran at least since the early 1500s."oAhmad Karimi-Hakkak, University of Washington "This is an erudite, highly textured, multi-voiced study of perhaps the most essential aspect of Shi'ism."oYasser Tabbaa, Oberlin College

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