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An Undefined Line Between Celebration and Mourning in Post-Revolutionary Iran
Monday, April 16, 2018

Using some key concepts in Bruce Lincoln's Holy Terrors: Thinking About Religion After September 11 (Chicago, 2003), this talk will examine commemorations of violent events in modern Iranian and sacred Shi’a history (such as the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the Iran-Iraq War, and martyrdom of the family of the Prophet Muhammad). It reviews both Iranian and American reporting of holidays marked in the Islamic Republic of Iran to ask how the presentation of commemorations (especially in calendars, media, rituals) uses careful rhetoric and historical contextualization to walk the fine line between celebration and mourning or blur the line between nationalism and religious practice.

Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 204
Sponsor: Middle Eastern Studies Program; Religion Program
Contact: Shai Secunda.
Phone: 845-758-6822

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