ArteEast is pleased to Present
A book reading and signing by ROXANNE VARZI, author of
WARRING SOULS: Youth, Media, and Martyrdom in Post-Revolutionary Iran
(Duke University Press, 2006)
Friday, September 15
6:30-8:00 PM
Jonathan Shorr Gallery
109 Crosby Street
New York
Free and open to the public
A book signing reception will follow the reading.
With the first Fulbright grant for research in Iran to be awarded since
the Iranian revolution in 1979, Roxanne Varzi returned to the country her
family left before the Iran-Iraq war. Drawing on ethnographic research she
conducted in Tehran between 1991 and 2000, she provides an eloquent
account of the beliefs and experiences of young, middle-class, urban
Iranians. Varzi describes how, since 1979, the Iranian state has attempted
to produce and enforce an Islamic public sphere by governing behavior and
by manipulating images--particularly images related to religious martyrdom
and the bloody war with Iraq during the 1980s--through films, murals, and
television shows. Yet many of the young Iranians Varzi studied quietly
resist the government's conflation of religious faith and political

ROXANNE VARZI is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of
California, Irvine. She is currently working on a novel and has just
completed filming, editing, and producing a documentary called Making
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