Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution [NOOK Book]

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Unlike much of the instant analysis that appeared at the time of the Iranian revolution, Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution is based upon extensive fieldwork carried out in Iran. Michael M. J. Fischer draws upon his rich experience with the mullahs and their students in the holy city of Qum, composing a picture of Iranian society from the inside?the lives of ordinary people, the way that each class interprets Islam, and the role of religion and religious education in the culture. Fischer?s book, with its ...
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Overview

Unlike much of the instant analysis that appeared at the time of the Iranian revolution, Iran: From Religious Dispute to Revolution is based upon extensive fieldwork carried out in Iran. Michael M. J. Fischer draws upon his rich experience with the mullahs and their students in the holy city of Qum, composing a picture of Iranian society from the inside—the lives of ordinary people, the way that each class interprets Islam, and the role of religion and religious education in the culture. Fischer’s book, with its new introduction updating arguments for the post-Revolutionary period, brings a dynamic view of a society undergoing metamorphosis, which remains fundamental to understanding Iranian society in the early twenty-first century.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book, the best I have read in a long time, provides us with a key to understanding not only the recent revolution but Iranian society."—Peter Chelkowski, Asia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299184735
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Michael M. J. Fischer is professor of anthropology and of science and technology studies and former director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Table of Contents



Contents

1
CULTURE, HISTORY, AND POLITICS

Culture, Common Sense, and Symbolic Structures


History, Politics, and the Sociology of Iranian Islam



2
RISE AND DECLINE OF THE MADRASA

Shi‘ite Islam

The Karbala Paradigm and the Family of the Prophet


Paradigm, Passion, and Drama


The Establishment of Shi‘ism as a State Religion


Formation and Defense of the Canon



The Scriptural School Form

The Islamic Madrasa


The Jewish Yeshiva


The Christian Studium


Decline of the Scriptural School Form




3
MADRASA: STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

The Madrasa as a Free University


The Institution: Students, Innovations, Problems


The Ruling Elite and the Role of the Marja‘-i Taqlid


The Vocal Elite and the Role of Wa‘iz



4
QUM: ARENA OF CONFLICT

Evolution of the Shrine Town: Shi‘ite and Royal


The Religious Establishment and the Expanding Bureaucratic State


The Demonstrations of 15 Khordad 1975


Technocratic versus Religious Style



5
DISCOURSE AND MIMESIS: SHI‘ISM IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Sufism, Self-Development, and the Upper-class Idiom


Social Utopia and the Religion of the Ulama

Political Theory: ‘Ali and Husayn


Islamic Economics


Personal Morality


Reforming Utopia?



Ritual Drama and Popular Shi‘ism



6
THE REVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT OF 1977-1979

The Social Drama: Political Liberation

Prologue


The Breach: Muharram 1977


Ramadan and Black Friday, 1978


Military Rule and Muharram, 1978


Victory 1979 and Its Problems



Ideological Revolution

Karbala in the Active Mood


Governing in the Mold of ‘Ali and Muhammad



A New Era



EPILOGUE: MUHARRAM 1400/1979

The Muharram Drama


Revolutionary Processes and Youth


Continuing Conversations



APPENDIXES

1
Courses of Study


2
Maraji‘-i Taqlid since the Twelfth Imam


3
Qum Statistical Profile


4
Chronology of Religious and State Administrations


5
Budget of the Shrine of Fatima, Hadrat-i Ma‘suma, in Qum


6
Karbala



NOTES


GLOSSARY


BIBLIOGRAPHY


INDEX

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