Ahoo Najafian (Stanford University), “An Ayatollah Walks into a Tavern …: The Problem of Historical Reading through Stylized Genres”

Posted on March 25th, 2014 in Events

April 17, 12:15 pm, Encina Hall West, Room 208 (616 Serra Street)

Spring 2014 Workshop Series: “Shia Politics”

Ahoo Najafian (Stanford University), “An Ayatollah Walks into a Tavern …: The Problem of Historical Reading through Stylized Genres”

Abstract: Although Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s political activities have drawn a great amount of attention, his works in the “nonpolitical” sphere have remained mainly unnoticed. Khomeini is a prolific author with works in almost all genres of “Islamic literature”, from philosophy to jurisprudence. In this paper, I discuss the least studied area of his oeuvre, that is, his poems.

Ahoo Najafian is Ph.D. Student in Religious Studies at Stanford University. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Tehran, and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia. Her current research focuses on cultural manifestations of religion with a focus on literature and visual arts in conjunction with the rise of nation-state and fracture in “Persianate culture” in Iran.

Papers are available to Stanford affiliates upon request.

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