Shi'i Islam in Iranian Cinema Religion and Spirituality in Film
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company, Limited
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Transliteration|
|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|
|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|
|Filmic Discourses on the Role of the Clergy in Iran|
|Resistance to Monopolising Islam|
|Parables on the World of the Clergy|
|Morals and Values|
|Sight, Sound and Sufism: Mystical Islam in Majidi's Films|
|The Mystical Approach|
|Pain and Suffering|
|Self-Sacrifice and the Alchemy of Love|
|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|
|Thinking Films: Kiarostami, A Poetic Philosopher|
|Philosophy in Film|
|Kiarostami, a 'Poetic Philosopher'|
|Reading Life and Death in Kiarostami's Films|