The State of the Field Review: Ziyāra to the Shrines of the Twelver Shīʿi Imāms

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December 9, 2018

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. She is currently an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She obtained her Honors BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.

Abstract

This essay surveys the past twenty years of academic scholarship on the ziyāra (visitation) to the graves of the Twelver Shīʿī Imāms. In spite of the diverse approaches to the study of ziyāra in recent years, this area in the field of Islamic Studies remains theoretically impoverished. This brief literature review compares historical and ethnographic engagements with the ziyāra ritual and raises important questions for future research agendas.

2019-04-03T15:37:52-08:00

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan

Mehreen Zahra Jiwan is a Fellow and Research Assistant at the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies. She is currently an MA student at the University of Toronto’s Department for the Study of Religion. She obtained her Honors BA in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Peace, Conflict & Justice Studies with the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.
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