'Ali Shari'ati and the Shaping of Political Islam in Iran

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

byKingshuk Chatterjee

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While Ayatollah Khomeini is considered the face of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, ‘Ali Shari’ati is considered a much greater influence on shaping the revolutionary consciousness than Khomeini. Acceptable to both modernists as well as Islamists, Shari'ati's radicalism inspired much of the resistance in urban Iran in the closing years of the Shah. ‘Ali Shari'ati and the Shaping of Political Islam in Iran tells the story of how Shari’ati developed a language of political Islam, speaking in an idiom intelligible to the Iranian public, and subverting the Shah’s regime and its claim to legitimacy. 

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While Ayatollah Khomeini is considered the face of the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, ‘Ali Shari’ati is considered a much greater influence on shaping the revolutionary consciousness than Khomeini. Acceptable to both modernists as well as Islamists, Shari'ati's radicalism inspired much of the resistance in urban Iran in the closin...

Kingshuk Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Calcutta University. He looks after the West Asia Program of the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Calcutta University and is a member of the editorial board of the Calcutta Historical Journal. He was Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the United States Na...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.61 × 5.72 × 0.84 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113338

ISBN - 13:9780230113336

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The Languages of Power and Politics in Modern Iran * Language of Opposition Politics in Late Pahlavi Iran * The World as Tauheed: Envisaging an Islamic Alternative * The Purpose of Political Order: the State or the People? * Sovereignty as Responsibility: Mazhab-e Aitraz * The Individual as an Agent of Change: Khudsazi-ye Inqilabi * The Ripples of a Revolution * Appendix: Shi’ism – A Brief Sketch of the Early Years * Appendix II: Selected Works/Lectures of ‘Ali Shari’ati