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A Religion of Protest

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$22.00 • £17.95 • €20.00

ISBN 9780674064287

Publication Date: 05/07/2012


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

13 halftones; 1 map

Belknap Press


  • Prelude
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • I. Doctrinal Foundation
    • 1. Death of a Prophet
    • 2. Birth of a Revolutionary Faith
    • 3. The Karbala Complex
  • II. Historical Unfolding
    • 4. In the Battlefields of History
    • 5. In the Company of Kings, Caliphs, and Conquerors
    • 6. At the Dawn of Colonial Modernity
  • III. Visual and Performing Arts
    • 7. Shi’ism and the Crisis of Cultural Modernity
    • 8. On Ressentiment and the Politics of Despair
    • 9. An Aesthetic of Emancipation
  • IV. Contemporary Contestations
    • 10. The Un/Making of a Politics of Despair
    • 11. Toward a New Syncretic Cosmopolitanism
    • 12. Contemporary Sites of Contestation
  • Conclusion
  • Note on Transliteration
  • Arabic and Persian Glossary
  • Schools of Theology, Philosophy, and Political Thought
  • Chronology
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Marginal Revolution Best Book of 2011
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