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Overview

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: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 708
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of, among other works, the acclaimed Authority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads.

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of, among other works, the acclaimed Authority in Islam: From the Rise of Muhammad to the Establishment of the Umayyads.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Transliteration
Chronology of the Revolution: 1921-1979
Introduction: Formative Forces of "the Islamic Ideology" 1
1 Jalal Al-e Ahmad: The Dawn of "the Islamic Ideology" 39
2 Ali Shariati: The Islamic Ideologue Par Excellence 102
3 Morteza Motahhari: The Chief Ideologue of the Islamic Revolution 147
4 Sayyid Mahmud Taleqani: The Father of the Revolution 216
5 Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Hossein Tabatabai: The Philosophical Dimension of "the Islamic Ideology" 273
6 Mehdi Bazargan: The Devout Engineer 324
7 Abolhasan Bani-Sadr: The Monotheist Economist 367
8 Ayatollah Khomeini: The Theologian of Discontent 409
Conclusion: Dimensions of "the Islamic Ideology" 485
Notes 523
Bibliography 595
Index 623
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    Challenging and interesting

    Dabashi treats the intellectual foundations of the 1979 Iranian revolution by profiling some of Iran's most prominent thinkers between World War II and 1979. Most notably, he treats Jalal Al-e Ahmad, a very influential thinker whose theory of 'Weststruckness' or 'Westoxication' was used both by anti-Shah intellectuals and pro-clerical radicals in the 1970s. There's also a clear and persuasive analysis of the writings of Ayatollah Khomeini. Not an easy read, but a provocative one. If you really want to understand how Iran got to be the way it is, this book could help.

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