Religion and Nation: Iranian Local and Transnational Networks in Britain

Iranian Local and Transnational Networks in Britain

Studies in Forced Migration Band 11

An estimated 75,000 Iranians emigrated to Britain after the 1979 revolution and the establishment of the Islamic Republic. They are politically, religiously, socio-economically and ethnically heterogeneous, and have found themselves in the ongoing process of settlement. The aim of this book is to explore facets of this process by examining the ways in which religious traditions and practices have been maintained, negotiated and rejected by Iranians from Muslim backgrounds and how they have served as identity-building vehicles during the course of migration, in relation to the political, economic, and social situation in Iran and Britain. While the ethnographic focus is on Iranians, this book touches on more general questions associated with the process of migration, transnational societies, Diasporas, and religious as well as ethnic minorities.
"Spellman's Religion and Nation does bring to light a vibrant community that, due to its small size and peaceful demeanor, often goes unmentioned when discussions of British immigrant populations arise. Her detailed accounts of the religious practices of Iranians in London provide an overview of an immigrant community trying to adapt and reconcile the former identities and practices of its members to their new home. Spellman's is a study that has demystified the religious lives of British Iranians, placing religious change into a transnational context." - H-Net Reviews

"Given the lack of information about this population in the Westrn world, the focused materials presented in this book help build a better information base on the diverse practices and beliefs of Iranian outside their homeland." - Choice

"[This] first full-length study of the Iranian Muslim diaspora in Britain... enhances our empirical and theoretical understanding." - The Muslim World Book Review
Spellman, Kathryn
Kathryn Spellman received her MSc. and Ph.D. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London, where she is currently an Honorary Research Fellow. She is a lecturer of sociology at Huron International University in London and Syracuse University (London Campus). Kathryn is also a Visiting Research Fellow in the Centre of Migration Studies Department at the University of Sussex.
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  • Preface Acknowledgements
    Introduction: Religious Identity in the Process of Migration

    Chapter 1. The Iranian Revolution and the Subsequent Waves of Emigration

    A Brief Look at the Iranian Revolution

    The Islamic Republic and the Nationalisation of Islam

    The Iranian Diaspora

    Political Opposition Groups

    The On-going Process of Settlement

    Chapter 2. Iranians in Britain

    Demographic Information

    Iranians in London during the 1980s

    Iranians in London during the 1990s

    The Media Environment

    The Iranian New Year

    Khatami's Presidency


    Chapter 3. Sofreh: a Shia Muslim Religious Ritual for Iranian Women

    Early Shiism

    Sofreh Gatherings in Iran

    Sofreh Gatherings in London

    Socio-religious Networks in London

    Gender and Discourse


    Chapter 4. Iranian Sufi Orders in London

    Sufism in Iran

    Sufism and the Islamic Republic

    Sufism in the West

    The Nimatullahi Order

    The Nimatullahi Khâneqâh in London

    The Oveyssi Spiritual Tradition

    Maktab Tariqat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi [Islamic School of Sufism]

    The Shahmaghsoudi Oveyssi Order in London

    The Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi Sufi Order and New Religious Movements


    Chapter 5. The Iranian Christian Fellowship and Elam Ministries

    The Pentecostal Movement

    Protestant Christianity in Iran

    The Iranian Diaspora and Pentecostalism

    Elam Ministries and Ex-Muslims

    Training to Become Christian Pastors

    The Congregation

    Baptisms and Church Members

    Iranian Women as Born-Again Christians - Preserving Morals

    Expectations of Women Outside of the Church


    Chapter 6. Conclusions and Findings

    The Iranian Revolution

    The Settlement Process

    Khatami and the Programme of Reforms?


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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 248
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.2004
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-57181-576-7
Verlag Berghahn Books Inc
Maße (L) 22.8 cm
Gewicht 458 g
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