Iranian Intellectuals

  • Filename: iranian-intellectuals.
  • ISBN: 9781317969358
  • Release Date: 2013-10-18
  • Number of pages: 7
  • Author: Lloyd Ridgeon
  • Publisher: Routledge

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.

The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani

  • Filename: the-iranian-constitutional-revolution-and-the-clerical-leadership-of-khurasani.
  • ISBN: 9780815653110
  • Release Date: 2015-03-13
  • Number of pages: 329
  • Author: Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press

The Iranian Constitutional Revolution was the twentieth century’s first such political movement in the Middle East. It represented a landmark in Iranian history because of the unlikely support it received from Shi‘ite clerics who historically viewed Western concepts with suspicion, some claiming constitutionalism to be anti-Islamic. Leading the support was Muhammad Kazim Khurasani, the renowned Shi‘ite jurist who conceived of a supporting role for the clergy in a modern Iranian political system. Drawing on extensive analysis of religious texts, fatwas, and articles written by Khurasani an other pro- and anti-constitutionalists, Farzaneh provides a comprehensive and illuminating interpretation of Khurasani’s religious pragmatism. Despite some opposition from his peers, Khurasani used a form of jurisprudential reasoning when creating shari‘a that was based on human intellect to justify his support of not only the Iranian parliament but also the political powers of clerics. He had a reputation across the Shi‘ite community as a masterful religious scholar, a skillful teacher, and a committed humanitarian who heeded the people’s socioeconomic and political grievances and took action to address them. Khurasani’s push for progressive reforms helped to inaugurate a new era of clerical involvement in constitutionalism in the Middle East.

Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism

  • Filename: morals-and-mysticism-in-persian-sufism.
  • ISBN: 9781136970580
  • Release Date: 2010-06-10
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Lloyd Ridgeon
  • Publisher: Routledge

Sufism is often understood to be the mystical dimension of Islam, and many works have focused on the nature of "mystical experiences" and the relationship between man and God. Yet Sufism was a human response to a wide range of contexts and circumstances; the fact that Sufis lived in society and interacted with the community necessitating guidance on how to behave. This book examines the development of Persian Sufism, showing it to be a practical philosophy of the everyday rather than just a metaphysical phenomena. The author explores the ethic of futuwwat (or jawanmardi), an Iranian code of honour that emphasised loyalty, humility, generosity and bravery. Although inevitably some Sufis spiritualised this code of honour and applied it to their own relationship with God, the ethic continued to permeate Sufi behaviour on a more mundane level, typified by the strong links between Sufis and certain trades. Drawing on field research in Iran, as well as detailed analysis of both Arabic and Persian texts and new materials that have been published in Iran in recent years, this is the first book in English to provide a history of Persian Sufi-futuwwat, As such, this book is an important contribution to the study of Persian Sufism, and to the fields of Islam, history and religion.

Secular Apparition The Resurgence of Liberal democratic Intellectual Discourse in Post revolutionary Iran

  • Filename: secular-apparition-the-resurgence-of-liberal-democratic-intellectual-discourse-in-post-revolutionary-iran.
  • ISBN: 9780549506089
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 294
  • Author:
  • Publisher: ProQuest

The important contribution of secular intellectuals in post-revolutionary Iran to the formation of a post-Islamist political trend that emphasizes Iranian nationalism and liberal democratic values has not been evaluated. In post-revolutionary Iran, secular intellectual have criticized the ideological foundation of the state by consistently challenging the intellectual justification of the Islamic state. They have persistently refuted the claim that the "Islamic Government" and its ideological foundation "Velayat-e Faqih" constitute the only legitimate source of power in Islamic Iran. The political philosophers, Seyed Javad Tabatabai and Ramin Jahanbegloo, have contributed significantly to the theoretical debates on the nature of political thought in Iran. Examination of their works reveals the importance of their contribution to the rise of a new intellectual discourse distinguished by its emphasis on modernity and its attendant political ideologies. Tabatabai has persuasively argued that the supremacy of despotism and the rigidity of Shari'a minded jurists has undermined philosophical speculations that may have encouraged political thought concerned with temporal issues. He rejects the earlier intellectuals' anti-modernism masquerading as anti-westernism and promotes a philosophical appreciation of the promise of modernity for greater freedom. Ramin Jahanbegloo has introduced western philosophers through translations, writings, and lectures and has found a highly receptive audience among young educated Iranians. He declares that time for philosophical ideas has come and philosophy represents a window to an open society and to the idea of democracy. These two influential secular intellectuals have contributed greatly to the resurgence of liberal democratic ideas in Iran.

City of Knowledge in Twentieth Century Iran

  • Filename: city-of-knowledge-in-twentieth-century-iran.
  • ISBN: 9781136627170
  • Release Date: 2012-03-12
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Author: Setrag Manoukian
  • Publisher: Routledge

This book presents a cultural history of modern Iran from the point of view of Shiraz, a city famous for its poetry and its traditions of scholarship. Exploring the relationship among history, poetry and politics, the book analyses how Shiraz came to be defined as the country’s cultural capital, and explains how Iranians have used the concept of culture as a way of thinking about themselves, their past and their relationship with the rest of the world. Weaving together a theoretical approach with extensive ethnographic research, the book suggests a model to integrate broad concerns with a nuanced analysis of Iran’s cultural traditions and practices. The author’s interdisciplinary approach sheds light on how contemporary Iranians relate to classical Persian poetry; on the relationship between expressive forms and the political imagination; and on the different ways teachers, professors, cultural managers, poets and scholars think and work. He describes how history and poetry are the two dominant modes to talk about the past, present and future of the town and demonstrates that the question of knowledge is crucial to an understanding of the political and existential dimensions of life in Iran today. This book will be a major contribution to the current effort to move away from nationalist views of Iranian history and culture, and as such will be of great interest to scholars of cultural anthropology, history, Middle Eastern studies and Iranian studies.


  • Filename: blogistan.
  • ISBN: NWU:35556041259888
  • Release Date: 2010-11-15
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: A. Sreberny
  • Publisher: I B Tauris & Company Limited

In this work, the authors give a flavour of contemporary Internet culture in Iran, and analyse how this new form of communication is affecting the social and political life of the country.

Modernism Oxford Bibliographies Online Research Guide

  • Filename: modernism-oxford-bibliographies-online-research-guide.
  • ISBN: 0199804052
  • Release Date: 2010-05-01
  • Number of pages: 16
  • Author: Oxford University Press
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This ebook is a selective guide designed to help scholars and students of Islamic studies find reliable sources of information by directing them to the best available scholarly materials in whatever form or format they appear from books, chapters, and journal articles to online archives, electronic data sets, and blogs. Written by a leading international authority on the subject, the ebook provides bibliographic information supported by direct recommendations about which sources to consult and editorial commentary to make it clear how the cited sources are interrelated related. A reader will discover, for instance, the most reliable introductions and overviews to the topic, and the most important publications on various areas of scholarly interest within this topic. In Islamic studies, as in other disciplines, researchers at all levels are drowning in potentially useful scholarly information, and this guide has been created as a tool for cutting through that material to find the exact source you need. This ebook is a static version of an article from Oxford Bibliographies Online: Islamic Studies, a dynamic, continuously updated, online resource designed to provide authoritative guidance through scholarship and other materials relevant to the study of the Islamic religion and Muslim cultures. Oxford Bibliographies Online covers most subject disciplines within the social science and humanities, for more information visit


  • Filename: iran.
  • ISBN: 9781437918816
  • Release Date: 2010-01
  • Number of pages: 65
  • Author: Kenneth Katzman
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing

Pres. Obama shares the goals of the previous Admin. to contain Iran¿s strategic capabilities and regional influence, but he has formulated approaches that differ from those of its predecessor ¿ i.e. through expanded direct diplomatic engagement with Iran. Contents of this report: (1) Political History; (2) The Supreme Leader, His Powers, and Other Ruling Councils; The Pres: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; (3) Human Rights and Dissent; (4) Iran¿s Strategic Capabilities and Weapons of Mass Destruction; (5) Foreign Policy and Support for Terrorist Groups; (6) Policy During the Clinton and George Bush Admin.; Overview of Obama Admin. Policy; Containment and Possible Mil. Action; Regime Change; Further International and Multilateral Sanctions; U.S. Sanctions.

Bazaar and State in Iran

  • Filename: bazaar-and-state-in-iran.
  • ISBN: 9781139464321
  • Release Date: 2007-04-12
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Arang Keshavarzian
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Tehran Bazaar has always been central to the Iranian economy and indeed, to the Iranian urban experience. Arang Keshavarzian's fascinating book compares the economics and politics of the marketplace under the Pahlavis, who sought to undermine it in the drive for modernisation and under the subsequent revolutionary regime, which came to power with a mandate to preserve the bazaar as an 'Islamic' institution. The outcomes of their respective policies were completely at odds with their intentions. Despite the Shah's hostile approach, the bazaar flourished under his rule and maintained its organisational autonomy to such an extent that it played an integral role in the Islamic revolution. Conversely, the Islamic Republic implemented policies that unwittingly transformed the ways in which the bazaar operated, thus undermining its capacity for political mobilisation. Arang Keshavarizian's book affords unusual insights into the politics, economics and society of Iran across four decades.

Contemporary Iran

  • Filename: contemporary-iran.
  • ISBN: 0195378490
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 376
  • Author: Ali Gheissari
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Iran is a key player in some of the most crucial issues of our time. But because of its relative diplomatic isolation and the partisan nature of conflicting accounts voiced by different interest groups both inside and outside the country, there is a shortage of hard information about the scale and depth of social change in today's Iran. In this volume, and imposing roster of both internationally renowned Iranian scholars and rising young Iranian academics offer contributions--many based on recent fieldwork--on the nature and evolution of Iran's economy, significant aspects of Iran's changing society, and the dynamics of its domestic and international politics since the 1979 revolution, focusing particularly on the post-Khomeini period. The book will be of great interest not only to Iran specialists, but also to scholars of comparative politics, democratization, social change, politics in the Muslim world, and Middle Eastern studies.

Iranian Intellectuals and the West

  • Filename: iranian-intellectuals-and-the-west.
  • ISBN: 0815604335
  • Release Date: 1996
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mehrzad Boroujerdi
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Regarding the constitution of other-ness, this work examines the pedagogical, political and discursive practice of post-World war II Iranian intellectuals. It shows how clerics, secular and lay religious intellectuals confronted a dual sense of other-ness which resulted in dissent and nativism.

Making Islam Democratic

  • Filename: making-islam-democratic.
  • ISBN: 0804755957
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 291
  • Author: Asef Bayat
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press

This book looks anew at the vexing question of whether Islam is compatible with democracy, examining histories of Islamic politics and social movements in the Middle East since the 1970s.


  • Filename: orientalism.
  • ISBN: 0143027980
  • Release Date: 2006
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Edward W. Said
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India

Now reissued with a substantial new afterword, this highly acclaimed overview of Western attitudes towards the East has become one of the canonical texts of cultural studies. Very excitingâ¦his case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive. John Leonard in The New York Times His most important book, Orientalism established a new benchmark for discussion of the West's skewed view of the Arab and Islamic world.Simon Louvish in the New Statesman & Society âEdward Said speaks for interdisciplinarity as well as for monumental erudition¦The breadth of reading [is] astonishing. Fred Inglis in The Times Higher Education Supplement A stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious essay.Observer Exciting¦for anyone interested in the history and power of ideas.J.H. Plumb in The New York Times Book Review Beautifully patterned and passionately argued. Nicholas Richardson in the New Statesman & Society

Iranian photography now

  • Filename: iranian-photography-now.
  • ISBN: UCSC:32106019839056
  • Release Date: 2008
  • Number of pages: 234
  • Author: Rose Issa
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz Pub

This publication is a photographic sensation: the visual dynamics of Iranian photography in all its fascinating beauty and heroic resistance is unveiled for the first time, revealing a rich new aesthetics from inside Iran as well as from the Iranian diaspora. We see innovative responses by photographers living in a country under political restrictions, as well as an important body of work from Iranians who have been living in exile for the last thirty years creating works of great political and cultural relevance. The aesthetic response to political terror is provoking, pioneering, and artistically sophisticated, documenting the willingness of a generation of artists to protect freedom with the weapons of their imagination. This book offers a surprisingly broad spectrum of artistic expression that outshines the Western mainstream. Among the most renowned photographer-artists are Abbas, Reza Aramesh, Shirin Neshat, Parastou Forouhar, Abbas Kiarostami, Kaveh Golestan, Amirali Ghasemi, and Shadi Ghadirian. Their visual imagery constitutes an exciting and instructive journey for the reader, who may have never had access to these histories before. Each of the thirty-six contributing photographers was asked to supply a statement on his or her life and experience as an artist. It is high time to give a voice and a platform to photographers from Iran.

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