Religion and Politics in Modern Iran: A Reader

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This reader provides crucial political and religious texts that cover the past one hundred years of Iranian history. It introduces the chief issues preoccupying the minds of the most prominent thinkers of modern Iran. Many of these writings have become indispensable texts for students of Middle East studies, religious studies and Islamic studies, while others are difficult to find or have never appeared before in English. Each article is preceded by an introduction discussing its significance and placing each writer in historical context. It includes chapters on Sufism in modern Iran and on women in Iran.

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Lloyd Ridgeon is Lecturer in Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of Persian Mysticism and Metaphysics: Selected Works of Aziz Nasafi.

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Table of Contents

• The Reign of Terror in Persia--Jamal al-Din al-Afghani
• A Traveler's Narrative--Mirza Malkom Khan
• Shaykh Fazl Allah Nuri's Refutation of the Idea of the Constitution--Shaykh Fazl Allah Nuri
• The Detrimental Consequences of Islam--Ahmad Kasravi
• An Iranian Feminist--Sediqeh Dawlatabadi
• A Persian Sufi in the Age of Printing--Mirza Hasan Safi 'Ali Shah
• The Kernal of the Kernal--'Allameh Tabataba'I
• Extracts from Sufism--Ahmad Kasravi
• A New Perspective on Mysticism and Sufism--'Abdollah Entezam
• The Outline of a Disease--Jalal Al-e Ahmad
• Civilisation and Modernisation--'Ali Shari'ati
• The Form of Islamic Government--Ruhollah Khomeini
• Tolerance and Governance--Ziba Mir-Hosseini
• An Extract from Reading Lolita in Tehran--Azar Nafisi
• Women's Political Rights after the Islamic Revolution--Mehrangiz Kar

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