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From Agriculture to Urban Real Estate: A 21st Century Perspective on the 1962 Aliabad Land Reform

Mary Elaine Hegland presented a paper, "From Agriculture to Urban Real Estate: A 21st Century Perspective on the 1962 Aliabad Land Reform," at the Iranian Studies conference in Vienna in August. For the Middle East Commission of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences in Krakow, also this August, Hegland organized a panel on "Popular Religious Practices and Perceptions" including papers about “God and People in Folkloric Texts from Boir Ahmad, Iran,” "The Art of the Chador: Practice and Play among Iranian Howzevi (Seminarians),”  “The Final Tear: Pious Bodies, Affective Economies, and Sacred Space in Contemporary Iraqi Arbaeen Practices," “Answering Debt: Charity and Eschatological Anxiety in the Age of Turkish Prosperity,” and "Neither Dulati nor Khosusi: Civil Society, Creativity and Islam in Qom’s Religious Academia.” She also presented her own paper on "Anthropological Field Research in the Iranian Revolution and in the Islamic Republic.”

In this photo there are two children dressed to honor the little six-month old Ali Asghar, martyred at Karbala in 680 AD along with 72 others, the central event of Shia Islam, at the ceremony called "The Cradle of Ali Asghar," sponsored by the local religious/government authorities in "Aliabad," Iran, October 31, 2014.

Photo: Two children at the Cradle of Ali Asghar religious ceremony, "Aliabad," Iran, October 31, 2014.