Spellman - Chapter 03
I first heard about sofreh gatherings being held outside Iran
from a university student who was relieved to hear that a good family
friend, living in Germany, organised a women's religious gathering in
order to put forth a special wish for him to pass his university exams.
This prompted me to ask Iranians to describe their religious practices
in more detail, and subsequently I learned about a number of religious
gatherings, such as sofreh and jaleseh gatherings for women, mixed-sex
private religious gatherings, Sufi Orders and various religious charity
organisations. This chapter concentrates on sofreh gatherings:
the central aim is to unfold the continuities and changing forms and
practices of a Shia Muslim religious tradition in London.