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Rituals and Worship

Another noteworthy example of Shiite symbolism is the mausoleum outside Tehran where the revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini is buried. The traditional architecture resembles that of shrines for Imams (for example, the golden dome), and the terminology used to describe the funeral presents further parallels. Khomeini was even referred to as imam, even though the apocalyptic expectations connected with the revolution were only implicit.


Study Questions:
1.     What is the Dhu l-fiqar and why is it important?
2.     How do descendants of Muhammad display their heritage?
3.     What connections have been made in modern times between Shiite political symbolism and other political traditions?

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