Sean Kingston Publishing, in partnership with the Anthropology of the Middle East and Central Eurasia (AMCE) Network (link), is delighted to announce the launch of a major new book series: The Anthropology of Persianate Societies.
The Anthropology of Persianate Societies book series will be published under the main editorial direction of Dr Pedram Khosronejad, of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, with an editorial board comprising Prof. L. Beck, Prof. W.O. Beeman, Dr. I. Flaskerud, Prof. B. Grant, Prof. P. C. Salzman and Prof. F. Shirazi.
The book series aims to publish ground-breaking work written by new and established academics from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, folklore, religion and material culture. The series will provide a range of key introductory and advanced texts that map out different topics of contemporary Persianate societies, their inhabitants and their culture.
In addition to the anthropological research monographs, reference works, proceedings of conferences and international workshops, and Ph.D. dissertations, The Anthropology of Persianate Societies series will publish significant English, French and Persian text editions of important manuscripts.
Proposals and expressions of interest should be sent to Dr Pedram Khosronejad (email@example.com) in the first instance.
Pedram Khosronejad, Department of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews
Lois Beck, Department of Anthropology, Washington University, USA
William O. Beeman, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota, USA
Ingvild Flaskerud, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen, Norway
Bruce Grant, Department of Anthropology, New York University, USA
Philip C. Salzman, Department of Anthropology, McGill University, Canada
Faegheh Shirazi, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central Eurasia, South Asia, Persian-speaking societies and communities in the Diaspora.
All fields of Anthropology, Sociology, Folklore Studies, Material Culture and Materiality, Religion.
|Saints and their Pilgrims in Iran and Neighbouring Countries
Edited by Pedram Khosronejad
The importance and ramifications of saints, sainthood and pilgrimage in contemporary Iran and neighbouring countries are great, yet the academic conceptualizations of them and their entailments are sorely lacking. This book places the saints and their pilgrims in sharper focus, and offers important correctives to all-too-common Western misunderstandings, the foremost of which is the erroneous portrayal of Islam as primarily a body of legal doctrine and corresponding practice, and the associated principle that we can 'know' Islam if we 'know' Islamic law.
In an effort to challenge such a limited, and limiting, perspective, this volume suggests that both anthropology, insofar as it can focus on experience and practice, and history, insofar as it can encompass more than an institutional/political 'names and dates' discourse, can reveal something of the dynamism of the faith, as more than the sum of its laws. The approaches demonstrated in this book on Shiite Pilgrimage offer windows into the beliefs and lives of 'ordinary' people, past and present, and thereby bring forth agendas akin to those of 'subaltern studies'. Finally, the memorializing documented in these chapters provides evidence, past and present, of widespread desires for a more concrete, even immanent, relationship that is direct, unmediated and, at least partly, involves forms of intercession - even though such desires for immanence in the Islamic world have previously been considered as limited to devotees of the Sufi saints or the Shi'i Imams or their progeny.CONTENTS:
Pedram Khosronejad is a Research Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews and the editor of several publications: The Art and Material Culture of Iranian Shi'ism (2011) and Unburied Memories: The Politics of Bodies, and the Material Culture of Sacred Defense Martyrs in Iran (2011).
Hardback, ISBN 978-1-907774-14-0, £49.99 (GBP), $99.99 (USD)