Religion and Politics - Lecture by Mary Elaine Hegland
How have theologians and grassroots individuals influenced the interpretations of Shi’a Islam in Iranian after the Revolution in 1979?
Mary Elaine Hegland
Based on more than three years of anthropological fieldwork in “Aliabad, this presentaton, by Mary Elaine Hegland, Dept. of Anthropology, Santa Clara U., CA, USA, points out how individuals, both theologians and grassroots individuals, influenced the interpretations of Shi’a Islam in the years leading up to the 1979 Iranian Revolution.
The Shi’a clergy in Iran has dramatically influenced society and individuals’ lives through their pronouncements, laws, and means of force.
By 2018, individuals’ actions have resulted in modifying many aspects of how people actually live their religion. Attitudes and practices about Shi’a Islam vary tremendously and so do attitudes toward the Islamic Republic government.
Many people have reacted against “forced” religion, and have been rethinking how they want to live and to express their identities as Iranian Shi’a Muslims.