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Lecture: “Cyclical Sanctity and Ismaili Identity: A Framework for Rethinking Conversion to Shi’I Islam in the Iranian World” by Dr. Daniel Beben (Nazarbayev University)
February 25, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
How are minority religious communities able to successfully endure and proselytize under adverse conditions of persecution? Through analyzing the Ismaili Shi’i community of Central Asia, Dr. Beben will investigate the inter-related practices of patronage and the elaboration of religious conversion narratives connected with Ismaili saints, demonstrating how these practices intersect within a process of appropriation and re-appropriation to address the paradox of why Ismailism is a literary and intellectual tradition that has its deepest roots in “peripheral” regions.
Sponsored by the UNC Department of Religious Studies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Carolina Hall, room 113
UNC Chapel Hill