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Mary Elaine Hegland

Bridget Blomfield, The Language of Tears, My Journey into the World of Shi’i Muslim Women (Ashland, OR: White Cloud Press, 2015) Diane D’Souza, Partners of Zaynab: A Gendered Perspective of Shia Muslim Faith (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2014) Karen G. Ruffle, Gender, Sainthood, and Everyday Practice in South Asian Shi’ism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press)

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Russia’s ‘Other Ummah’

From ‘Ethnic Shi’ism’ to Ideological Movement?

Bruno De Cordier

Since the beginning of the Syrian War, ties between Russia and the Shia sphere are primarily examined in terms of geopolitics, while little attention is being paid to the indigenous as well as immigrant Shia populations in Russia itself. Depending on the motives and circumstances that brought and bring various individuals and groups to more actively-professed Ja’fari Shi’ism, these can become the most active champions of its cause, or of social movements inspired by this persuasion. As such, the Shia element in Russia might become more relevant and present than its low-profile minority state suggests.

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From the Throes of Anguished Mourning

Shi‘i Ritual Lamentation and the Pious Publics of Lebanon

Fouad Gehad Marei

‘a’, singularized and capitalized, with a definite article as a reference to the (Shi‘i) community, a constructed social category with a particular political implication. I use ‘Shi‘ism’ as a noun formation referring to the faith. Unless otherwise indicated, all

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Dream-Realities

Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 20 ( 4 ): 441 – 460 . https://doi.org/10.1017/s135618631000026x 10.1017/S135618631000026X Keddie , Nikki R. , ed. 1983 . Religion and Politics in Iran: Shi‘ism from Quietism to Revolution . New Haven, CT

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Sectarianism and Recognition in Iraq

From Consociationalism to Deliberation?

Nicolas Pirsoul

their religious ceremonies next to the tomb of the first Imam of Twelver Shi'ism. Such an event, even if unusual and exceptional, is nevertheless not surprising for those who are aware of the theological background of Najaf's religious authorities. The

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Circling around the really Real in Iran

Ethnography of Muharram laments among Shi'i volunteer militants in the Middle East

Younes Saramifar

addressing how the Real becomes a realm that is called on, referred to, and navigated by mourners through the traditions and ways of imagining that Shi'ism offers them. Therefore, mourners enable themselves to explain notions such as sacrifice, obedience, and

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The South Side of Heaven

A Journey along the Iranian Collective Memory in Iran-Iraq War Memorial Sites

Younes Saramifar

sacred icons of Shi'ism and who travel towards southern Iran in large numbers to commemorate martyrs and pay homage to them (see Figure 9 ). Figure 1: Shrines of the martyrs in the Talaeeye combat zone, Khuzestan. © Younes Saramifar The

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“Welcome to Divinity College”

Subjectification in Pilgrimage to the Iran-Iraq War Battlefields in Contemporary Iran

Mahshid Zandi

Islamism, specifically for Shi‘ism. Also, “the conception of the nation” remained consistent as “the field and the model in terms of which to think of [all] other commitments and loyalties” ( Ram 2000 ). 14 Shahla Talebi's “Dilemma of an Iranian Martyr