[PAST EVENT] 2020 Sutlive Book Prize Lecture: Alireza Doostdar

October 1, 2020
potrait and book

Professor Doostdar's decription of his work: "Since the early twentieth century, Iranians have often approached the Islamic realm of the unseen in rational and scientific terms. At the heart of their approaches stands an image of 'gullible women,' the negative against which rational understanding comes into relief. I examine this image in relation to a series of historic shifts in spiritual inquiry and its social contexts. The 'gullible woman,' I argue, captures two very different sets of social anxieties over the past century. These in turn reveal how hegemonic forms of rationality are produced and the kinds of challenges they engender."

Professor Doostdar won the prize for his book The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny. The lecture will be October 1st, at 5 pm EST over Zoom. https://cwm.zoom.us/j/94756532012