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The Sounds of Music in Tehran

Soheila Shahshahani

This article aims to contextualise music as it was experienced in Tehran in 2004 (when the research for this work was conducted) - music that comes from various ethnic groups within Iran, and music coming from the diaspora. The relationships between various genres of music and people, as well as between music and the government, are examined. The malleability of musicians and their capacity to coordinate their expertise with popular and governmental expectations and limitations are then analysed. In this way, a fascinating yet little studied area in the anthropology of Iran at the time of research is addressed.

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A Purging Presence

The Dog in Zoroastrian Tradition

Mahnaz Moazami

asymmetrical members, until she disappears from the toes of the contaminated person. In her retreat, she follows an order in reverse of the one that she had followed in her invasion, because, according to the Bundahišn ( Iranian Culture Foundation 1970 : fol

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Appalling Tehran

Translation of the French Serial Story and Its Effect on the Persian Serial Story

Manizheh Abdollahi and Ehya Amalsaleh

various facets of Iranian culture, literary or otherwise, to unsparing criticism. They denounced, among other things, ornate styles and conventional mode of expression, prevalent in the classical tradition, and advocated the use of clear and vigorous

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Everyday Diplomacy

Introduction to Special Issue

Magnus Marsden, Diana Ibañez-Tirado, and David Henig

: University of California Press . 10.1525/9780520947573 Bateson , M. 1979 . ‘This Figure of Tinsel’: A Study of Themes of Hypocrisy and Pessimism in Iranian Culture . Daedalus 11 ( 1 ): 125 – 134 . Barth , F. 1959 . Segmentary Opposition and

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Mourning at New Year's Day (Nowruz)

Cultural Practice against Ideology

Reinhold L. Loeffler and Erika Friedl

rituals were taken to be highly visible signs of assertion of traditional Iranian culture that is perceived by the people to be under severe pressure in the Islamic Republic. In Sisakht, it was easier for people to observe the thirteenth day of the new

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An Appraisal of Our Situation in Anthropology and Some Suggestions on Improvement

Soheila Shahshahani

incessant questions were: What should I do, after all those years I have studied and done fieldwork, and given my increasing infatuation with Iranian culture, how could I prove this life-long effort has been worthy? Where could I find an understanding

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Entanglements with the ‘Sea’

Persian Poetry and Diasporic Iranian Literature in Australia

Nasim Yazdani and Michele Lobo

when she sees her beloved in the waves of the blue sea on a long sunny day. She portrays a dreamy and mysterious world by the seaside in which she joins her beloved. Iranian-Australian Women's Nostalgic Entanglements with the ‘Sea’ Iranian

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Every Dog Has Its Day

New Patterns in Pet Keeping in Iran

Anahita Grisoni and Marjan Mashkour

’ personal observations, and aims to take into consideration the structuring elements of the Iranian culture and the diversity of the cases. In this way, question 1 includes the different possible sources of the dog’s origins: Arrival: In what circumstances