The contemporary world is increasingly regarded as a global community in which traditional patterns of social organisation, faith and practice are rapidly being transformed. These changes are evident in many religious traditions, and Shi'i Islam is no exception. This book seeks to investigate the nature of contemporary Shi'ism, focusing on the creation of identities - showing the diversity of thought within the Shi'i world, the transnational nature of Shi'i networks, and the forces of tradition and modernity influencing current developments in Shi'i identity. Increasing contacts between East and West have made the presence of Shi'ism more visible in the modern world, especially in Europe. Shi'i Islam and Identity shows that it is no longer sufficient to speak of a 'Shi'i Crescent'; rather, Shi'i worlds range from Senegal, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, to Turkey, Albania and European capitals such as London and Berlin.
Chapter 1 | Emotion and Self-Control: A Framework for Analysis of Shi‘ite Mourning Rituals in Iran by David Thurfjell
Chapter 2 | The Construction of Nationalistic and Shi‘ite Identities in Iranian Schoolbooks by Zahar Barth-Manzoori
Chapter 3 | Iranian Identity in the West: A Discursive Approach by Sayed Sadegh Haghighat
Chapter 4 | ‘European Islam’ in the Iranian Ettehadiyeh by Matthijs van den Bos
Chapter 5 The al-Khoei Foundation and the Transnational Institutionalisation of Ayatollah al-Khu’i’s marja‘iyya by Elvire Corboz
Chapter 6 | The Sadrists Between Mahdism, Neo-Akhbarism and Usuli Orthodoxy: Examples from Southern Iraq by Reidar Vissar
Chapter 7 | Islamism among the Shi‘ites of Afghanistan: From Social Revolution to Identity-Building by Alessandro Monsutti
Chapter 8 | The Africanisation of ‘Ashura in Senegal by Mara Leichtman
Chapter 9 | Contested Post-Ottoman Alevi and Bektashi Identities in the Balkans and their Shi‘ite Component by Yuri Stoyanov
Chapter 10 | Are the Alevis Shi‘ite? by David Shankland
Lloyd Ridgeon is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Persian Metaphysics and Mysticism (2002) and Religion and Politics in Modern Iran: A Reader (I.B.Tauris, 2005).
Imprint: Tauris Academic Studies
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co LtdHardback
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2012
Number of Pages: 288