describes the elegies of mourning and the ta'ziye (passion plays) and includes travelers' accounts over the course of several centuries that establish striking similarities between Iranian and particular Christian practices. Halm explains the exalted position of the religious scholars, the mullahs and ayatollahs, who established themselves as clergy in the Safavid empire and defined themselves as "administrators" for the Hidden Imam. Their authority is based on.
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Shi'a Islam: From Religion to Revolution (Princeton Series on the Middle East)User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Halm (history, Univ. of Tubingen) attempts here to lessen the reader's confusion about the bewildering events in the Middle East. His work has three parts: the first, "The House of Sorrow--The Twelve ... Read full review
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