Hosay: Caribbean Cultural Expression of a Shi'ite Heritage
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Asad Rizvi is a student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies
Eventually, Iranians became so attached to their new faith that they created the first drama in the Middle Eastern world, the taziyeh. The taziyeh is a distinctly Iranian dramatic reenactment of the events at Karbala. Persia’s conversion to Shiism was so strong that later attempts to convert Iran back to Sunnism by Afghan rulers were unequivocal failures. With the example of Shiism in Iran, we can see how religion must be willing to adapt to indigenous ways of understanding the world if it wishes to survive in foreign territories.