Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran, 1953-2000

From Bāzargān to Soroush
Author: Forough Jahanbakhsh
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9789004119826
Category: Religion
Page: 201
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This book discusses the general problematic of Islam and democracy and the ideas of certain Iranian religious modernists on the issue. Examining the development of religious intellectualism in post-revolutionary Iran, it presents Abdolkarim Soroush's novel approach to this pertinent topic.

Islamism and Modernism

The Changing Discourse in Iran
Author: Farhang Rajaee
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292774360
Category: Religion
Page: 292
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While many previous books have probed the causes of Iran's Islamic Revolution of 1979, few have focused on the power of religion in shaping a national identity over the decades leading up to it. Islamism and Modernism captures the metamorphosis of the Islamic movement in Iran, from encounters with Great Britain and the United States in the 1920s through twenty-first-century struggles between those seeking to reform Islam's role and those who take a hardline defensive stance. Capturing the views of four generations of Muslim activists, Farhang Rajahee describes how the extremism of the 1960s brought more confidence to concerned Islam-minded Iranians and radicalized the Muslim world while Islamic alternatives to modernity were presented. Subsequent ideologies gave rise to the revolution, which in turn has fed a restructuring of Islam as a faith rather than as an ideology. Presenting thought-provoking discussions of religious thinkers such as Ha'eri, Burujerdi, Bazargan, and Shari'ati, along with contemporaries such as Kadivar, Soroush, and Shabestari, the author sheds rare light on the voices fueling contemporary Islamic thinking in Iran. A comprehensive study of these interwoven aspects of politics, religion, society, and identity, Islamism and Modernism offers crucial new insight into the aftermath of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution fought one hundred years ago—and its ramifications for the newest generation to face the crossroads of modernity and Islamic discourse in modern Iran today.

Promise of Democracy, The

Political Agency and Transformation
Author: Fred Dallmayr
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 143843040X
Category: Philosophy
Page: 270
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Presentation of a new, ethical vision of democracy built around self-rule, civic education, and ethical cultivation.

Iranian Intellectuals

1997–2007
Author: Lloyd Ridgeon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317969359
Category: Political Science
Page: 7
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Previously published as a special issue of British Journal of Middle East Studies, this volume focuses on leading figures within Iran between 1997-2007 and their visions and works that are related to Iranian society. A cross section of opinion is investigated, including the clerical (‘Ali Khameneh’i, Muhammad Khatami and Mohsen Kadivar), the dissident (Mohsen Makhmalbaf), and the poetic (Qaysar Aminpour) and cinematic. The past decade has been a traumatic one in Iran, and the essays in this volume testify to the vibrancy of the responses from Iranian thinkers. It may be a surprise to some observers that in some senses, ‘Ali Khameneh’i may be considered a ‘liberal’ whereas Muhammad Khatami’s own credentials as an advocate of rapprochement with the West needs to be qualified. Responses to Western culture continue to remain centre-stage, and this is also nowhere more apparent than in the complex relationship between the directors of Iranian films (perhaps Iran’s most celebrated export these days) and their audiences, both Iranian and Western. Despite some viewing Iran as a pariah state, it remains firmly connected to the West and to modern technology, typified in the practice of blogging that is enjoyed by so many Iranians, which has provided a new space for expression and thinking.

Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity

Legal Philosophy in Contemporary Iran
Author: Ashk Dahlen
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135943559
Category: Political Science
Page: 424
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This study analyses the major intellectual positions in the philosophical debate on Islamic law that is occurring in contemporary Iran. As the characteristic features of traditional epistemic considerations have a direct bearing on the modern development of Islamic legal thought, the contemporary positions are initially set against the established normative repertory of Islamic tradition. It is within this broad examination of a living legacy of interpretation that the context for the concretizations of traditional as well as modern Islamic learning, are enclosed.

Indian Journal of Secularism

IJS : a Journal of Centre for Study of Society & Secularism
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Secularism
Page: N.A
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Islamic Studies


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Islam
Page: N.A
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Iran

Between Tradition and Modernity
Author: Ramin Jahanbegloo
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780739105290
Category: History
Page: 216
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Presenting a discussion of the political culture of Iran that has been largely overlooked in the West, this volume seeks to analyse a 'fragmented self' refracted through the institutions, market forces & modern thought of Iran.

Index Islamicus


Author: Heather Bleaney
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 648
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A bibliography of books, articles and reviews on Islam and the Muslim world which were published in the year 2001 with additions from 1993-2000. This annual volume is published as part of the 2002 subscription. It supersedes the advance issues published in 2001, as well as containing much data not previously published in Index Islamicus.

Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam

Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush
Author: Abdolkarim Soroush,Mahmoud Sadri,Ahmad Sadri
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195158202
Category: Political Science
Page: 236
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The author, one of the leading revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world, examines such matters as the inevitability of change in religion, the necessity of freedom of belief, and the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

The Mystery of Contemporary Iran


Author: Mahnaz Shirali
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135147913X
Category: History
Page: 294
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The mystery of how an Islamic dictatorship came to power remains more than thirty years after the Islamic Republic's inception in Iran. The precise nature of a regime that calls itself both a republic and Islamic but is neither is little understood. The ayatollahs' unpopularity may have reached unprecedented heights, but their power seems more secure. Such paradoxes weigh heavily and judgments diverge. While public opinion wonders how an archaic theocratic regime could survive so long, some explain it in terms of Iran's continued modernization and the clergy's ability to reconcile itself with politics.Understanding the modernization process propelled by the Constitutional Revolution is difficult and raises questions. How and why could ideological Islam continue to dominate Iranian society since the late 1970s? How did it gain power and influence and overcome the reforms molded by the Constitutional Revolution? Mahnaz Shirali analyzes twentieth-century Iranian history to understand the Shiite clergy's role in a modernized country's social and political organization. She explains what enabled the clergy to take over prevailing political forces and gain control of the state.Studying Iran's history for the past one hundred years reveals the force of a religious conservatism opposing political modernity, repelling any attempt at democracy by Iranians, thanks to its constant metamorphoses. Shirali studies the curse of the Shiite clergy on political modernity. It is a convincing, in-depth criticism of the ideological Islam imposed on Iran.

Small wonder

global power and its discontents
Author: Fred Reinhard Dallmayr
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 241
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Small Wonder presents the dangers of the underside of modernity: the unleashing of unlimited lust for (global) power and wealth. Relying on leading critical intellectuals, Dallmayr offers a critique of the self-deceptions of our age, pleading in favor of the cultivation of the small wonder of everyday life.

Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450: F-O


Author: Thomas Benjamin
Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library
ISBN: 9780028658452
Category: Colonies
Page: 1315
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Provides students and researchers with a much-needed, comprehensive resource on the subject of colonialism and expansion. From a global perspective, the set traces many facets of colonial growth and imperialism, and much more.

The Brown Journal of World Affairs


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: World politics
Page: N.A
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Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices: Religions and denominations


Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: 9780787666125
Category: Religion
Page: 3
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In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.

Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices: Countries A-L


Author: Thomas Riggs
Publisher: Gale Cengage
ISBN: 9780787666132
Category: Religion
Page: 3
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In 1,800 pages across 3 volumes, Worldmark Encyclopedia of Religious Practices provides information on current religious practices around the world with an emphasis on how religions impact the daily lives of their followers.

Political Liberalization in the Persian Gulf


Author: Joshua Teitelbaum
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
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The countries of the Persian (or Arab) Gulf produce about thirty percent of the planet's oil and keep around fifty-five percent of its reserves underground. The stability of the region's autocratic regimes, therefore, is crucial for those who wish to anchor the world's economic and political future. Yet despite its reputation as a region trapped by tradition, the Persian Gulf has taken slow steps toward political liberalization. The question now is whether this trend is part of an inexorable drive toward democratization or simply a means for autocratic regimes to consolidate and legitimize their rule. The essays in this volume address the push toward political liberalization in the Persian Gulf and its implications for the future, tracking eight states as they respond to the challenges of increased wealth and education, a developing middle class, external pressures from international actors, and competing social and political groups.

Handbook of Contemporary European Social Theory


Author: Gerard Delanty
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 9780203086476
Category: Philosophy
Page: 422
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This innovative publication maps out the broad and interdisciplinary field of contemporary European social theory. It covers sociological theory, the wider theoretical traditions in the social sciences including cultural and political theory, anthropological theory, social philosophy and social thought in the broadest sense of the term. This volume surveys the classical heritage, the major national traditions and the fate of social theory in a post-national and post-disciplinary era. It also identifies what is distinctive about European social theory in terms of themes and traditions. It is divided into five parts: disciplinary traditions, national traditions, major schools, key themes and the reception of European social theory in American and Asia. Thirty-five contributors from nineteen countries across Europe, Russia, the Americas and Asian Pacific have been commissioned to utilize the most up-to-date research available to provide a critical, international analysis of their area of expertise. Overall, this is an indispensable book for students, teachers and researchers in sociology, cultural studies, politics, philosophy and human geography and will set the tone for future research in the social sciences.

Multiple Modernities, Civil Society and Islam

The Case of Iran and Turkey
Author: Masoud Kamali
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 293
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Both Turkey and Iran consider themselves modern Islamic states—though with radically different status in today's social and political world. In Multiple Modernities, Civil Society and Islam, Masoud Kamali explores the historical factors that have shaped such dissimilar Muslim states, including the continued influence of Europe and the United States. Kamali's assertion that the "Muslim world" is far more multifaceted and pluralistic than generally portrayed is a message particularly relevant today. Multiple Modernities is critical reading for those interested in the history—both ancient and modern—of Islamic movements around the world.