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

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

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