Socrel Annual Conference: Material Religion

  • Pedram Khosronejad (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPresentation


‘Shrines of Un-known Martyrs of Iran-Iraq War as Vocal Public Spaces in Tehran Universities’, Material Religion as a Voice in Public Space

Few years ago, for the first time after the end of Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), the Iranian regime begun to prepare the Iranian society for a new tradition: burying the rest of remaining (bones) of un-known martyrs of Iran-Iraq war in public spaces of big cities. This religious/political performance begun with the creation of burial places in public spaces and yards of the most important universities of Tehran such as Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran University of Science & Technology and Shahid Beheshti University. Today shrines and memorials of un-known martyrs of Iran-Iraq war which are situated in the public places should not be considered only as the sites of religious commemoration and spiritual performances. They are also visual representations of Shiite slogans which Iranian regime wants to distribute among new generation and those who didn’t experienced that war.In this paper, I will talk about the importance of this new religious tradition, its relation to the Shiite sacred sites and related material religion.
Period9 Apr 201311 Apr 2013
Event titleSocrel Annual Conference: Material Religion
Event typeConference
LocationDurham, United KingdomShow on map