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The Iranian Revolution represented to intellectuals and professionals the potential of spiritual values to triumph over the great power of economic imperialism. Yet out of this revolution has emerged an identity crisis that touches Islamic ideological heights and reaches down to the very ground of Islamic practice. The contributors to this collection, experts on Iranian cultural and political history, analyze the 'fragmented self' of today's Iranian, refracted through that country's institutions, market forces, and modern thought. Each essay both deepens our understanding of contemporary Iran and adds to the broader discussion of the relationship between Islam and the West.

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Editorial Reviews

Nikki Keddie
This collection contains original, thought-provoking essays that will increase the understanding of many aspects of a complex and fascinating country for students, scholars, and the general public.
Mohsen M. Milani
Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity is a superb collection of perceptive and provocative articles about some of the daunting challenges of Iran's turbulent encounter with modernity. Bringing together some of the most prominent scholars and intellectuals of contemporary Iran, Dr. Jahanbegloo's book is must reading for any serious student of modern Iran.
Fakhreddin Azimi
Those seeking a probing, thoughtful, and multi-faceted understanding of modernity in Iran will find this volume highly pertinent and valuable. It is a welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on modern Iran.
H. E. Chehabi
The essays in this volume critically analyze the intellectual life of Iran, where the Islamic state's ideologically motivated policies have had paradoxical effects and unanticipated consequences in society, resulting in a cultural ferment in which old certainties are questioned and conventional wisdoms are challenged on all sides. These insightful essays help us make sense of the ongoing debates that make contemporary Iranian society so exciting.
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Meet the Author

Ramin Jahanbegloo is head of the Department for Contemporary Thought at the Cultural Research Bureau, Iran, and assistant professor at Aga Khan University's Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilizations, London.

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Table of Contents

1 Iranian society, modernity, and globalization 3
2 Keywords in Islamic critiques of technoscience : Iranian postrevolutionary interpretations 15
3 The relevance of John Locke to social change in the Muslim world : a comparison with Iran 25
4 Negotiating modernity : ulama and the discourse of modernity in nineteenth-century Iran 39
5 Mehdi Haeri Yazdi and the discourse of modernity 51
6 Utopia of assassins : Navvab Safavi and the Fada'ian-e Eslam in prerevolutionary Iran 71
7 Blindness and insight : the predicament of a Muslim intellectual 95
8 The varieties of religious reform : public intelligentsia in Iran 117
9 The homeless texts of Persianate modernity 129
10 Women's employment in Iran : modernization and Islamization 161
11 "Islamist" women activists : allies or enemies? 169
12 Power and purity : Iranian political culture, communication, and identity 185
Index 207
About the editor and contributors 215
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