The Rite of Urban Passage

The Spatial Ritualization of Iranian Urban Transformation

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Reza Masoudi
Articulating Journeys: Festivals, Memorials, and Homecomings
  • Brooklyn, NY: 
    Berghahn Books
    , August
     198 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Iranian city experienced a major transformation when the Pahlavi Dynasty initiated a project of modernization in the 1920s. The Rite of Urban Passageinvestigates this process by focusing on the spatial dynamics of Muharram processions, a ritual that commemorates the tragic massacre of Hussein and his companions in 680 CE. In doing so, this volume offers not only an alternative approach to understanding the process of urban transformation, but also a spatial genealogy of Muharram rituals that provides a platform for developing a fresh spatial approach to ritual studies.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Reza Masoudi is a native southwestern Iranian who lives in London, where he is currently a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London.


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