Theology Of Discontent

Theology Of Discontent

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by Hamid Dabashi
     
 

Scores of books and articles have been published, addressing one or another aspect of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Missing from this body of scholarship, however, has been a comprehensive analysis of the intellectual and ideological cornerstones of one of the most dramatic revolutions in our time. In this remarkable volume, Hamid Dabashi brings together, in a

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Scores of books and articles have been published, addressing one or another aspect of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Missing from this body of scholarship, however, has been a comprehensive analysis of the intellectual and ideological cornerstones of one of the most dramatic revolutions in our time. In this remarkable volume, Hamid Dabashi brings together, in a sustained and engagingly written narrative, the leading revolutionaries who have shaped the ideological disposition of this cataclysmic event. Dabashi has spent over ten years studying the writings, in their original Persian and Arabic, of the most influential Iranian clerics and thinkers.

Examining the revolutionary sentiments and ideas of such figures as Jalal Al-e Ahmad, Ali Sharicati, Morteza Motahhari, Sayyad Abolhasan Bani-Sadr, and finally the Ayatollah Khomeini, the work also analyzes the larger historical and theoretical implications of any construction of "the Islamic Ideology." Carefully located in the social and intellectual context of the four decades preceding the 1979 revolution, Theology of Discontent is the definitive treatment of the ideological foundations of the Islamic Revolution, with particular attention to the larger, more enduring ramifications of this revolution for radical Islamic revivalism in the entire Muslim world.

This volume will be of interest to Islamicists, Middle East historians and specialists, as well as scholars and students of "liberation theologies," comparative religious revolutions, and mass collective behavior. Bruce Lawrence of Duke University calls this volume "a superb and unprecedented study.... In brilliant figural strokes, he arrays EuroAmerican sociological theory as the crucial backdrop of a deeper understanding of contemporary Iranian history."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412805162
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
708
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Chronology of the Revolution: 1921-1979
Introduction: Formative Forces of "the Islamic Ideology"1
1Jalal Al-e Ahmad: The Dawn of "the Islamic Ideology"39
2Ali Shariati: The Islamic Ideologue Par Excellence102
3Morteza Motahhari: The Chief Ideologue of the Islamic Revolution147
4Sayyid Mahmud Taleqani: The Father of the Revolution216
5Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Hossein Tabatabai: The Philosophical Dimension of "the Islamic Ideology"273
6Mehdi Bazargan: The Devout Engineer324
7Abolhasan Bani-Sadr: The Monotheist Economist367
8Ayatollah Khomeini: The Theologian of Discontent409
Conclusion: Dimensions of "the Islamic Ideology"485
Notes523
Bibliography595
Index623

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