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“The Vulgar Spirit of Blogging”: On Language, Culture, and Power in Persian Weblogestan
This article is an ethnographic study of Persian-language weblogs (blogs), focusing on a divisive argument among Iranian bloggers that came to be known as the "vulgarity debate." Sparked by aExpand
: Warring Souls: Youth, Media, and Martyrdom in Post-Revolution Iran
With the first Fulbright grant for research in Iran to be awarded since the Iranian revolution in 1979, Roxanne Varzi returned to the country her family left before the Iran-Iraq war. Drawing onExpand
The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny
I att ended my fi rst exorcism on a chilly Tuesday evening in December 2008. Th e venue was a condominium on the fourth fl oor of a newly completed apartment building in a middleclass residentialExpand
Empirical Spirits: Islam, Spiritism, and the Virtues of Science in Iran
  • Alireza Doostdar
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 29 March 2016
Abstract This article examines some aspects of the reception of French Spiritism and psychical research in twentieth century Iran: its promotion by Iranian modernist intellectuals before the SecondExpand
Experiments in Synthesis
Wings of Imagination
Afterword: Orienting Evidence
A Protector Lost
Metaphysics of Vision