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The Heyyati-movement and charismatic Shi’ism in contemporary Iran
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6976-8435
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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The heyyati-movement is a folk-religious movement in Iran circling around the practice of chest beating and ritual mourning of the martyred household of the Prophet. During the last decade, since the presidential period of Mohammad Khatami, the structure of this movement has changed. The heyyati-groups were mobilised in the campaign that led to the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the presidential elections of 2005 and since then what may be described as a new type of heyyati-culture has flourished in certain layers of Iranian society and it has frequently been a matter of controversy. Today, the movement can be described as a charismatic alternative to the religious authority of the clerical establishment. Based on interviews and ethnographic observations this paper describes and analyses one heyyati-community in Qom.

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History of Religions
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Historical Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-28679Local ID: 518/42/2012OAI: diva2:866908
IAHR quinquennial conference, Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29, 2015.
Negotiating authority in contemporary shiite thought and practice
Available from: 2015-11-04 Created: 2015-11-04 Last updated: 2017-01-25Bibliographically approved

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