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Titre : Reclaiming the Faravahar: Zoroastrian ...
Éditeur : Leiden University Press, United States
Date d'édition : 2015
Reliure : Paperback
Etat du livre : New
Language: English . Brand New Book. Reclaiming the Faravahar is the first ethnographic study of contemporary Zoroastrians in Tehran. Examining hundreds of ritual performances, Navid Fozi shows how Zoroastrians define their identity and values in an area long marked by conflict between the Shia and Sunnis. He focuses on two main concerns for Zoroastrians: continuity with the past as evidenced by their claim to be the most authentic Iranians, as well as their attempts to stand apart from the dominant Shia. Fozi also provides a look at the challenges Zoroastrians have faced over the centuries while exploring how today s members are working to remain relevant in a tumultuous regional and global context. N° de réf. du libraire AAZ9789087282141
Synopsis : Reclaiming the Faravahar is an ethnographic study of the contemporary Zoroastrians in Tehran. It examines many public discursive and ritual performances to show how they utilize national, religious, and ethnic categories to frame the Zoroastrian identity within the longstanding conflict between Iranian Shi a and Arab Sunnis, defining and defending Zoroastrians identity and values in Shi i dominated Iran. The book focuses on two main concerns of the community: continuity with the past, hence a claim of being the authentic Iranians; and distinction from the dominant Shi a, thus appealing to fellow non-Zoroastrians who are disenchanted with the Islamic Republic. It also provides an historical sketch of Zoroastrians condition after the Arab incursion into the Persian territory of seventh-century Iran and some of the challenges they have faced, such as emigration, conversion, absorption, and declining numbers. The book then explores the ways in which these challenges are received, understood, and articulated by today s community, and how the community make a conscious effort to remain not only relevant in contemporary Iran but in a global context as well. The book will mainly appeal to scholars and students of religion, ritual, history, performance theories, discursive analysis, authoritarian regimes, and subalterns. Academics with an interest in Iran and the Shi i tradition will take particular interest in the work.
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