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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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A Protector Lost

A Protector Lost

(p.175) 19 A Protector Lost
The Iranian Metaphysicals

Alireza Doostdar

Princeton University Press

This chapter narrates the story of a man named Pedram, who owned and managed an Internet café in Ariyashahr, and his friendship with Ayatollah Mirza ʻAbd al-Karim Haq Shenas, the prayer leader of the Amin al-Dowleh mosque near the Tehran Bazaar until his death in 2007. When Ayatollah Haq Shenas passed away, Pedram realized that he missed more than the opportunity to benefit from his spiritual guidance. He also lost a powerful protector. The chapter first describes Pedram's earliest exposure to the occult before discussing his relationship with Ayatollah Haq Shenas, who gave lectures on ethics and mysticism and deployed the metaphysical for the spiritual care of his followers. It also considers Pedram's experience with sorcery and his belief that Ayatollah Haq Shenas was the only man he ever knew who possessed the janbeh to handle occult powers.

Keywords:   occult, prayer leader, mysticism, metaphysical, sorcery, janbeh

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