Hamid Naficy, A Social History of Iranian Cinema – Review for Journal of Religion & Film

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I recently reviewed Hamid Naficy’s epic four volume work, A Social History of Iranian Cinema (Duke University Press, 2011-2) for the Journal of Religion & Film.

A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 1: The Artisanal Era, 1897-1941

A Social History of Iranian Cinema , Volume 2: The Industrializing Years, 1941-1978

A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 3: The Islamicate Period, 1978-1984

A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volume 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010

Since there have been a number of responses to the work, I focused on how Naficy’s texts will benefit the student of religion in film. In my review I pay particular attention to how the four volumes address three relevant themes: religious minorities, the role of women, and Islam.

If you are interested you can access the full review here.

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