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Making signs (photos)

Making signs (photos)

As the ‘Ashura mourning ceremonies approach, the ‘alam making blacksmiths shops get busy again in the tradition of their ancestors to make the traditional signs.

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The Philosophy of a Great Bloody Uprising

The Philosophy of a Great Bloody Uprising

The 60 AH uprising of Imam Hossein (AS) against the corrupt and tyrannical rule of Yazid bin Muaaviyeh and the martyrdom of the Imam and his disciples in Karbala have sparked a variety of debates in the course of history. Numerous books have been written on the uprising and its root causes. Over the centuries, the incident has affected people’s lives and become one of their fundamental beliefs and traditions, which adds to its sensitivity.

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Zainab, Messenger of the Eternal Event of Ashura

Zainab, Messenger of the Eternal Event of Ashura

The historical uprising of Ashura was launched by the third Shia Imam, Imam Hossein (AS), but the person who provided the primary breeding grounds for that ongoing uprising was actually his sister, Zainab (SA), who shouldered great responsibility in nurturing the uprising.

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Cultural-Historical Background of Ashura Rituals in Iran

Cultural-Historical Background of Ashura Rituals in Iran

Mourning rituals of Moharram stem from two origins. One of them is the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS) and his disciples in Karbala near the Euphrates, and the other includes rituals that have evolved in Iran as part of the country’s indigenous culture. The first aspect of Karbala rituals is characterized by the following:

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Venue of the Masses: Architecture of Mourning

Venue of the Masses: Architecture of Mourning

Mourning for the third Shiite Imam (AS) has rapidly evolved into a powerful popular institution in Iranian society since the rule of Safavid dynasty. As with every established institution, it has its own unique arrangements and forms.

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Haley plans for UN meeting on Iran disowned

Haley plans for UN meeting on Iran disowned

The Trump administration is disowning a plan presented by U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley for President Trump to hold a meeting at the United Nations next week focused on Iran, according to diplomats familiar with the planning.

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Zarif emphasizes on diplomacy to avoid was in Idlib

Zarif emphasizes on diplomacy to avoid was in Idlib

Iranian FM has stressed on diplomacy to avoid war in Idlib: “Intensive responsible diplomacy over the last few weeks-pursued in my visits to Ankara & Damascus, followed by the Iran-Russia-Turkey Summit in Tehran and the meeting is Sochi-is succeeding to avert war in Idlib with a firm commitment to fight extremist terror. Diplomacy works.”

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The Kormanj nomads of Khalkhal (photos)

The Kormanj nomads of Khalkhal (photos)

Northern Khorasan, in northeastern Iran, is one of most important areas where the Kormanj have settled. Groups of this tribe were scattered across Iran over different times in history for political reasons and decision-makings.

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Foreign Ministry explains Kerry's Meetings with Zarif

Foreign Ministry explains Kerry's Meetings with Zarif

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson has commented on John Kerry and Javad Zarif’s meetings, saying: “Messrs Kerry and Zarif have met on the sidelines of certain international summits, as in Munich and Norway, when Mr Kerry no longer held a post at the US State Department. As such, these are not considered official meetings.”

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