Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema Religion and Spirituality in Film

ISBN-10: 1848855109

ISBN-13: 9781848855106

Edition: 2011

Authors: Nacim Pak-Shiraz

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In recent years there has been a remarkable surge in Iranian films expressing contentious issues which would otherwise be very difficult to discuss publicly inside the Islamic Republic of Iran - such as the role of clergy in Iranian society. Nacim Pak-Shiraz here highlights how many Iranian film directors concern themselves with the content of the religious and historical narratives of culture and society, sparking debate about the medium's compatibility or incongruity with religion and spirituality. She explores the various ways that Shi'i discourse emerges on screen, and offers groundbreaking insights into both the role of film in Iranian culture and society, and how it has become a medium for exploring what it means to be Iranian and Muslim after thirty years of Islamic rule. This is invaluable reading students and scholars of Film Studies and contemporary Iranian cinema, but also of the culture and identity of Iran more widely.
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Book details

List price: $64.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Note on Transliteration
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Approaches to the Study of Religion and Spirituality in Western Cinema
Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema
Shi'ism in Iran: An Historical Overview
The Appeal of Shi'ism in Iran and the Foundations of Twelver Shi'ism
The Twelver Shi'i State of Iran and the Shi'i Ulama
Conclusions
Contemporary Iranian Discourses on Religion and Spirituality in Cinema
Cinemas Introduction into a Muslim Society
Cinemas Place within Islamic Jurisprudence
The Paradox of Cinema as a 'Technological Art'
Cinema as a Domain for Religious and Spiritual Discourse
Conclusions
Filmic Discourses on the Role of the Clergy in Iran
Resistance to Monopolising Islam
Parables on the World of the Clergy
Morals and Values
Conclusions
Sight, Sound and Sufism: Mystical Islam in Majidi's Films
The Mystical Approach
Pain and Suffering
Self-Sacrifice and the Alchemy of Love
Conclusions
Cinema as a Reservoir for Cultural Memory
The Figure of Husayn and Iranian Shi'i Identity
Ta'ziyeh: the only Islamic Drama
Beyzaie: a Film-maker Rooted in 'Historical Genealogy'
Ta'ziyeh and its Spectators
Conclusions
Thinking Films: Kiarostami, A Poetic Philosopher
Philosophy in Film
Kiarostami, a 'Poetic Philosopher'
Reading Life and Death in Kiarostami's Films
Conclusions
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Filmography
Index
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