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Niloofar Haeri. Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer and Poetry in Iran

Compte-rendu réalisé par Behnam Fomeshi
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Niloofar Haeri. Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer and Poetry in Iran. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020, 224 p.

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Ce document sera publié en ligne en texte intégral en décembre 2021.

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Through offering an ethnography of a group of educated, middle-class women who “had been attending weekly Qur’an and classical poetry classes for years” (xii), the volume shows that poetry and prayer are companions in the cultural history of Iran. It attempts to answer the question, “What does this companionship mean for forms of religiosity in Iran?” (xiv). It consists of an introduction, four chapters, a conclusion, a glossary, notes, a bibliography, and an index.

Challenging the “presumption of backwardness and absence of intellectual struggles” in the characterization of the 1979 Iranian Revolution by Western media and “some in academia”, the volume tries to discover certain “unexpected but crucial processes that have been set in motion” (1). The Revolution may have failed to realize its democratic aspirations in the realm of politics. Nevertheless, its “transformative effect on matters of religion” should not be underestimated (1). Non-clerics’ engagement in theological discussi...

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Behnam Fomeshi. Niloofar Haeri, « Niloofar Haeri. Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer and Poetry in Iran », Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 42-43 | 2020, document 3, mis en ligne le 30 décembre 2021, consulté le 23 septembre 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/abstractairanica/52925 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/abstractairanica.52925

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