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Shiism: traditions, myths and rituals

Exploring the development of Shiism and its traditions, as well as its role in the Islamic Revolution of Iran.

In the West, Shiism is often associated with fanaticism and violence. In fact its mystical vision is deeply in tune with such Western values as secularism, justice, and rationalism. Karen Armstrong, British Museum Trustee, looks at the origins and development of Shiism, examines its role in the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1978-79), and explores the role of mythology, tragedy and ritual in the Shi'a tradition.


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Date and Time:

11 June 2009 at 6:30 pm





British Museum
Great Russell Street

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