This paper presents a precise ethnography of the funeral rituals ta‘ziye that is proceeded by “women mullahs” in nowadays Azerbaijan.  The author, using fieldwork data as well as the existing bibliography, shows through the figure of the female mullah the ambiguous relationship built up between society and religion.  The ethno-musicological analysis of the repertoire of funeral songs leads to a study on the expression of pain and its issues in the ritual.  The product of an in-deep anthropological research, this article casts light on the most varied aspects of women’s role in Shiite religious practice.

Ariane Zevaco, French Institute of Research in Iran, Tehran
CER: I-5.2.B-421