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This glossary section of this book Performing Islam: Gender and Ritual in Iran contains a list of Arabic words along with their definitions. The book focuses on a particular ceremony - conventionally called 'ritual' by anthropologists - held to mark religious anniversaries and life-course events, such as coming of age, illness and death. These ritual activities are rich in scope and symbolism. They are a key to understanding social, economic, political and cultural processes, in particular the values, beliefs and mechanisms that underpin gender constructions at the level of everyday practice in the complex society that is Iran today.

Keywords: gender constructions; Iran; ritual activities



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