The Other Shiites: From the Mediterranean to Central Asia

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Peter Lang, 2007 - Social Science - 266 pages
Shia Islam is a central issue in contemporary politics. Often associated with Iran, Shiite communities actually exist in many Islamic countries. Focusing on the «other Shiites» outside Iran, this book offers a survey of their diversity and multiplicity in the last two centuries. The contributions cover three major topics. The first part deals with the relationship of Shia minorities to the Sunni regimes. Secondly the public affirmation of their identities through specific rituals and social attitudes is analysed. Finally, the third part of this volume examines the strengthening of these identities through traditional religious rituals and cultural performances, or through the re-interpretation and adaptation of these to present-day life. Coming from various academic backgrounds, the authors have used different methodologies and have been engaged in field-work.
 

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Contents

Silvia Naef and Farian Sabahi
7
Sabrina Mervin
12
HansLukas Kieser
41
Hussein Gharbieh
59
Daniel Meier
81
Mariam Abou Zahab
97
Yitzhak Nakash
115
in Different Shiite Communities Lebanon and Syria
137
Alessandro Monsutti
173
Nile Green
195
Gabrielle Van den Berg
219
Stephan Rosiny
245
Notes on the Contributors
263
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The Editors: Alessandro Monsutti teaches anthropology, migration studies and Middle Eastern studies at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, Geneva.
Silvia Naef is professor of Arabic Studies at the University of Geneva and works on the visual culture of the Islamic world.
Farian Sabahi teaches Islam and Democracy at Turin University (Italy). She is a specialist on Iran and contributes regularly to the newspaper La Stampa.