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Folktales, Folksongs, and Proverbs in Lur/Iranian Daily Life

Erika Friedl Melds Folklore and Ethnography to Develop a New Anthropological Genre

Mary Elaine Hegland

and substitutability of females; dreams of wealth; challenges to achieving marriage; and importance of fulfilling traditional values and responsibilities to others. Folktales and Storytellers of Iran: Culture, Ethos, and Identity combines three

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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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Darius in the Shadow of Alexander by Pierre Briant

Dmitry Shlapentokh

Shadow of Alexander is, in a way, a revisionist treatment, or at least could be interpreted as such, for part of this large volume is devoted to presenting the Persian king in a positive light, at least to explain his behaviour in the context of Persian/Iranian

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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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Iranian Women’s Food Writing in Diaspora

Afsaneh Hojabri

-speaking European, or the host country in which the book is published. Second, the intent of these books, beyond and indeed through introducing a sophisticated and vibrant culinary tradition, is to enlighten and educate the public about Iranian culture 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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A Compassionate Look

Ryan Schowen

diverse regions of Iran, thus holding open a multiplicity of representations. These openings are the exhibit’s critical inflection point for producing a more compassionate and nuanced look at Iranian culture and politics—a look that emerges at the nexus of

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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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The Legal Debate on the Phenomenon of ‘White Marriages’ in Contemporary Iran

Magdalena Rodziewicz

privacy and respect for the private space of another man in Iranian culture takes different forms. The term harim itself comes from the Arabic root h-r-m , which can express the meaning of what is forbidden, restricted and sacred, a space that should be