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Warring Souls: Youth, Media, and Martyrdom in Post-Revolution Iran

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With the first Fulbright grant for research in Iran to be awarded since the Iranian revolution in 1979, Roxanne Varzi returned to the country her family left before the Iran-Iraq war. Drawing on ethnographic research she conducted in Tehran between 1991 and 2000, she provides an eloquent account of the beliefs and experiences of young, middle-class, urban Iranians. As the first generation to have come of age entirely in the period since the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran, twenty-something Iranians comprise a vital index of the success of the nationandrsquo;s Islamic Revolution. Varzi describes how, since 1979, the Iranian state has attempted to produce and enforce an Islamic public sphere by governing behavior and by manipulating imagesandmdash;particularly images related to religious martyrdom and the bloody war with Iraq during the 1980sandmdash;through films, murals, and television shows. Yet many of the young Iranians Varzi studied quietly resist the governmentandrsquo;s conflation of religious faith and political identity.

Highlighting trends that belie the governmentandrsquo;s claim that Islamic values have taken holdandmdash;including rising rates of suicide, drug use, and sex outside of marriageandmdash;Varzi argues that by concentrating on images and the performance of proper behavior, the governmentandrsquo;s campaign to produce model Islamic citizens has affected only the appearance of religious orthodoxy, and that the strictly religious public sphere is partly a mirage masking a profound crisis of faith among many Iranians. Warring Souls is a powerful account of contemporary Iran made more vivid by Varziandrsquo;s inclusion of excerpts from the diaries she maintained during her research and from journal entries written by Iranian university students with whom she formed a study group.

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An ethnography of secular youth culture in Tehran and its resistance to post-Revolutionary Islamicist politics.

Synopsis:

An eloquent ethnographic account of the beliefs and experiences of young, middle-class, urban Iranians who have grown up in the period since Iran?s 1979 Islamic revolution

Synopsis:

Drawing on ethnographic research conducted by the author in Tehran between 1991 and 2000, this book provides an account of the beliefs and experiences of young, middle-class, urban Iranians.

About the Author

Warring Souls is an outstanding and nuanced addition to the literature on contemporary Iranian culture, media, and society.”—Hamid Naficy, author of An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking
“A lovely piece of writing, Warring Souls is one of the first credible accounts of secular Iranians in their twenties, the post-Revolution generation.”—Michael M. J. Fischer, author of Mute Dreams, Blind Owls, and Dispersed Knowledges: Persian Poesis in the Transnational Circuitry
“Inside and outside the pulse of war in Iran, close up and far away, Roxanne Varzi weaves her spell; two parts anthropology, one part poetry and film theory, three parts a soaring imagination and a big heart. How could you not reach out for a book which situates itself at the intersection of religion, vision, and power, asking whether the individual ultimately has the power to turn the image off? A tour de force.”—Michael Taussig, Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue: The Journey xiii

Introduction. Divination: An Archeology of the Unknown 1

1. The Image and the Hidden Master 23

2. Mystic States: Martyrdom and the Making of the Islamic Republic 44

3. Shooting Soldiers, Shooting Film: The Cinema of the Iranian Sacred Defense 76

4. Visionary States: Inhabiting the City, Inhabiting the Mind 106

5. Shifting Subjects: Public Law and Private Selves 131

6. Majnun's Mask: Sex, Suicide, and Semiotic Malfunctioning 155

7. The Ghost in the Machine: (Just War?) Remainders and Reminders of War 175

8. Reforming Religious Identity in Post-Khatami Iran 194

Conclusion. Mehdi's Climb 209

Epilogue 214

Notes 219

Works Cited 263

Index 269

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822337218
Author:
Varzi, Roxanne
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Middle East - Iran
Subject:
Media Studies
Subject:
Islam and politics -- Iran.
Subject:
Islam and culture - Iran
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
Youth, Media, and Ma
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 bandw photos
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Middle East » Iran and Persia
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » Media
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Islam » General

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