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Moharram symbols and rituals are among the most pervasive and popular aspects of Iranian culture and society. This book traces patterns of continuity and change of Moharran symbols and rituals in three aspects of Iranian life: the importance of these rituals in promoting social bonds, status, identities, and ideals; ways in which the three major successive regimes (Qujars, Pahlavis, and the Islamic Republic), have either used these rituals to promote their legitimacy, or have suppressed them because they viewed them as a potential political threat; and the uses of Moharram symbolism by opposition groups interested in overthrowing the regime.
While the patterns of government patronage have been radically discontinuous over the past two centuries, the roles of these rituals in popular society and culture have been relatively continuous or have evolved independently of the state. The political uses of modern-day rituals and the enduring symbolism of the Karbala narratives continue today.
|1||A brief historical background of Shi'ism and Moharram||3|
|2||The Qajar elites and religious patronage (1796-1925)||15|
|3||Qajar society and religious culture : Tehran as a case study||30|
|4||The Pahlavi regime and the emergence of secular modernism (1925-1979)||47|
|5||Religious rituals, society, and politics during the Pahlavi period||67|
|6||Hoseyn, "the prince of martyrs"||87|
|7||Fatemeh, Zeynab, and emerging discourses on gender||113|
|8||The Islamic Republic||131|