Qom After Islamic Neoliberalism: A Narrative of the City in Limbo

Despite its classically appreciated rank in the constellation of the Shia world and its key but contentious role in the politics of modern Iran, Qom has been one of the least-researched cities of the country. Especially taking into account the archstructu...

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Published in:Middle East - Topics & Arguments
Main Author: Duaei, Kamaluddin
Format: Journal Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2019
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Summary:Despite its classically appreciated rank in the constellation of the Shia world and its key but contentious role in the politics of modern Iran, Qom has been one of the least-researched cities of the country. Especially taking into account the archstructures of capitalist political economy and the undercurrents of middle-class consumerism, this study aims at building up a critical, materialist take on the neo-liberal politics of Qom, particularly with regard to the developments of the last decade. It argues that recent trends in the urban formation and municipal policy of Qom betray the historical image they pretend to sustain and the ideological ideals they seem to pursue.
DOI:10.17192/meta.2019.12.7932