"An engaging and illuminating account of Islamic culture in the Middle East and in the West. . . . The word 'ethnography' can hardly describe the many subjects this book broaches, from a seductive account of Abedi's passage to America from a small village near Yazd, Iran, to an illuminating discussion of crucial Islamic practices such as the Qur'an and the hajj, to inquiries into the 'autographics' of Islamic popular art in Iran."--Ali Behdad, "International Journal of Middle East Studies"
About the Author
Michael M. J. Fischer is professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Mehdi Abedi is research associate in the Anthropology Department at Rice University, where he teaches and lectures on Islam and Iran.