Tag Archives: Qur’an


Eidee – Persian New Year

Description of Informant PK (79) is a small, frail woman with dyed blonde hair and piercing eyes. PK was born and raised in Abadan, Iran in an “Oil Company Family.” OCFs were families whose primary income came from the large British oil company in Iran. They were well compensated and taken care of, living in… Continue Reading »

Muslim Traveling Superstition

Main Piece (direct transcription): Mom: Before dad and I went on our honeymoon to Madrid, dad’s mom held up the Quran, and so did his grandmother, and we actually had to walk underneath the Quran to prevent anything evil from happening to us in our travels. Me: It wasn’t just for the plane; it was… Continue Reading »

Protection Ritual for Travel using the Qur’an

Protection custom for travel using the Qur’an described verbatim by informant: “So every time I go on a trip, you have to walk outside someone has to bring a Qur’an and someone brings a glass of water and they say a certain prayer and they rush the Qur’an over you head in circles saying this… Continue Reading »