Sacred Defenses: Treacherous Memory in Post-War Iranian Cinema reconsiders the Iranian defa'ye moghaddas (sacred defense) film genre through examining the potentially treacherous nature of memory-discourse on the Iran-Iraq war, both during the war and in its aftermath.

Kamran Rastegar is Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and a member of the faculty of the International Letters and Visual Cultures program at Tufts University, and is currently a visiting associate with the faculty of the Department of English at the American University in Beirut. He researches and teaches on topics relating to the cultural history of the modern Middle East, cinema and colonialism, and cultural production in post-conflict contexts. He has published a monograph, Literary Modernity Between the Middle East and Europe, and is currently completing a new title, Surviving Images: Postcolonial Cinema and Social Trauma.