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Séminaire EHESS

Culture matérielle et pratiques dévotionnelles dans les sociétés chiites

Mercredi 28 février 2018, 10h-13h, EHESS, salle 13, 105 boulevard Raspail 75006 Paris.

1ère partie
Christiane Gruber, University of Michigan

Produits Prophétiques : le Prophète Muhammad dans la culture visuelle de l’Iran contemporain

Much like religious objects produced and consumed elsewhere in the Islamic world, images of Muhammad are often associated with acts of play and worship, their power to cultivate joy and direct religious feelings in various faith communities strengthened in large part by their remove from the commodity situation. As scholars of visual and material culture have highlighted, a product is never merely an object to be acquired and used, stripped of symbolic import and application. On the contrary, it is a thoroughly socialized commodity central to cultural practices of exchange—of sending and receiving social messages—that take place in regimes of value. Within postrevolutionary Iran in particular, images and objects depicting the Prophet Muhammad have been manufactured en masse over the past three decades, catering to official regime ideology and popular devotional practices alike.This study explores how these types of prophetic products serve to visually reinforce and materially reify narratives about the ascendancy of the Shi’i faith, the legitimacy of Islamic governance, and the value of martyrdom within the larger religious and political landscape of contemporary Iran.

2ème partie
Comptes rendus et discussions autour de publications récentes par Michel Boivin, Annabelle Collinet et Sepideh Parsapajouh.

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