Images of Faith in The Islamic World

Abbas, the Paris-based photographer known only by his given name, has lived outside his native Iran for almost 30 years, documenting religious practices with an artistic detachment born of his status both as an exile and a nonbeliever. The power of his images — which are stark, often startling, and embody the spontaneity of what he terms "the suspended moment" — owe much to that self-imposed distance. It's particularly poignant, then, that his latest book, In Whose Name?: The Islamic World after 9/11, begins not in Kabul or Karbala but in Siberia, where Abbas watched on his hotel room TV as...

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