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Overview

Gleave brings together studies by experts in the area of religion in nineteenth-century Iran in order to present new insights into Qajar religion, political and cultural history. Key topics covered include the relationship between religion and the state, the importance of archival materials for the study of religion, the developments of Qajar religious thought, the position of religious minorities in Qajar Iran, the relationship between religion and Qajar culture, and the centrality of Shi'ite hierarchy and the state.

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Robert Gleave is Reader in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol. His research interests include Shi'ism, Iranian History after 1500 and Islamic Law. His publications include Islamic Law: Theory and Practice (joint editor), London, 1996 and Inevitable Doubt: Two Theories of Shi'i Jurisprudence (Leiden, 2000).

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Table of Contents

Religion and Society in Qajar Iran: An Introduction Part 1: Religion and the State in the Qajar Period 1. Political Ethic and Public Law in the Early Qajar Period 2. Jihad and the Religious Legitimacy of the Early Qajar State 3. From Dár al-Saltana-yi Isfahan To Dár al-khilafa-yi Tihrán: Continuity and Change in the Safavid Model of State-Religious Administration during the Qajars (from 1795-1895 /1209-1313) 4. Religious and State Jurisdiction during Násir al-Din Shah's Reign Part 2: Religious Thought in the Qajar Period 5. Being (wujùd) and Sanctity (wiláya): Two Poles of Intellectual and Mystical Enquiry in Qajar Iran 6. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Twelver Shi'ism: The Case of al-Ahsa'i (the Risalat Umiyya) 7. Anti-Akhbari-Sentiments among the Qajar Ulama: The Case of Muhammad Báqir al-Khwánsári (d.1313/1895) 8. Heterodox Intellectuals and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution Part 3: Sources for the Study of Popular Religion in Qajar Iran 9. Religion in Public and Private Life: The Case of Yaghma-yi Jandaqi (1781-1859) 10. Pious Merchants: Religious Sentiments in Wills and Testaments 11. The Vaqf and Religious Patronage of Manùchihr Khán Mu'tamad al-Dawla Part 4: Religious Minorities and Western Missionaries 12. Mujtahids and Missionaries: Shi'i Responses to Christian Polemics in the Early Qajar Period 13. Western Missionaries in Azerbayjani Society (1834-1914) 14. Jews of Iran in the Qajar Period: Persecution and Perseverance 15. The Evolution of Charismatic Authority in the Bahá'i Faith, (1863-1921) 16. The Role of Women during the Iranian Bahá'i Community during the Qajar Period Part 5: Religion and Culture in Qajar Iran 17. Religious Rituals, Social Identities, and Political Relationships in Tehran under Qajar Rule: 1850s to 1920s 18. The Exile Persian Press and the Pro-constituionalist Ulama of the Atabat 19. Religion and Medicine in Qajar Iran 20. Some Interpretations of Religious and Popular Culture in Qajar Tilework

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