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Mourning at New Year's Day (Nowruz)

Cultural Practice against Ideology

Reinhold L. Loeffler and Erika Friedl

respective customary activities. On 21 March 2006, the commemoration of Arba'yin for Imam Huseyn, who had died 1,326 years earlier, fell on the first day of the Persian New Year, Nowruz , celebrating the start of 1385. This overlap pitched the mourning

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Religious Rituals’ Reflection of Current Social Conditions in the Middle East

Ingvild Flaskerud

at New Year's Day (Nowruz): Cultural Practice against Ideology’, Reinhold L. Loeffler and Erika Friedl discuss how people in a rural village in south-western Iran responded to official directives in 2006 to prioritise Islamic mourning rituals for Imam

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An Appraisal of Participant Observation Methodology

Soheila Shahshahani

for all time. This is how rituals are defined (following Hall) to be a process, they are constantly played, moved, and constructed. Finally, the author writes on the feast of Nowruz (the arrival of spring), but it is a pity that he did not have enough

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The Invisible Inhabitants of a Cultural Limbo

Religion Identities among Igdir Ja'faris

Mehmet Ali Sevgi

and the reading of the Qur'an in the cemetery, however, shows that Shi'ism and Turkish identity are intertwined in the Feast of the Dead. Nowruz is another tradition that has been celebrated for centuries. The arrival of spring is celebrated with

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Every Dog Has Its Day

New Patterns in Pet Keeping in Iran

Anahita Grisoni and Marjan Mashkour

social categories, it is a place to eat and to sleep during recreational picnics ( Sizdehbedar ) at the weekend or during events such as the end of the Iranian New Year ( Nowruz ), thirteen days after the spring equinox (20/21 March). In all cases, part

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The Interaction between Language and Ritual in the Pilgrimage of Shabe-Arus (Wedding Night)

An Anthropological Comprehension of the Mystical and Transnational Role of the Persian Language in Konya, Turkey

Alireza Hassanzadeh and Somayeh Karimi

its mystical context; a language that combines with the national rituals of countries, such as Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, not only in rituals such as Nowruz but also in rituals such as the mystical Wedding Night ritual in Konya, revealing the