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Ta'ziya is an Islamic Shi'ite ritual performed mainly in Iran. The Arabic term ta'ziya (Per., Ta'ziyeh) means to mourn or to offer one's condolences for a death. It is also sometimes called ta’ziya khani, or shabih khani. The term taʻziya has been used primarily in Iran to refer to a Shi'ite religious ritual consisting of a theatrical re-enactment of the tragic seventh century Battle of Karbala. This historic battle was fought between the followers of prophet Mohammad's grandson, Imam Husayn and the troops of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid. While taʼziya performance rituals have been mostly restricted to Iran, the Shi'a of South Asia and Iraq use the term taʻziya to refer to a model or replica of Husayn's tomb, which they use in their ritual processions, after which they are ritually discarded. Full Article...
Babak rahimi earned his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and obtained an M.A. in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy. In 2000-2001, he was a Visiting Fellows at the Department of Anthropology, the London School of Economics and Political Science. His monograph, Theater-State and Formation of the Early Modern Public Sphere in Iran: Studies on Safavid Muharram Rituals. Full Article...
WikiHussain is a collaborative online encyclopedia which brings together available resources from around the world to provide the most reliable collection of information on the web on the topic of the third Imam, Hussain ibn Ali. The organization initially kicked off in Spring 2016, with Farsi as its initial language. It is hoped that with the cooperation of all those who are interested in this topic, more academic and high0standard resources are converged into making the most reliable and inclusive encyclopedia about Hussain ibn Ali and related topics. Available entries are selected based on their relation to the topic, their quality of content, and their authors. Enhancing the quality of the content and adding to the languages are some of the top goals in production of this encyclopedia. Full Article...
An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon by witer lara deeb. Lara Deeb in this book successfully argues that Islamism is not static or monolithic, and that Islam and modernity are entirely compatible. Based on two years of ethnographic research in the southern suburbs of Beirut, An Enchanted Modern demonstrates that Islam and modernity are not merely compatible, but actually go hand-in-hand. Full Article...