Ali Shariati (1933-77) has been called by many the 'ideologue of the Iranian Revolution'. An inspiration to many of the revolutionary generation, Shariati's combination of Islamic political thought and Left-leaning ideology continues to influence both in Iran and across the wider Muslim world. In this book, Siavash Saffari examines Shariati's long-standing legacy, and how new readings of his works by contemporary 'neo-Shariatis' have contributed to a deconstruction of the false binaries of Islam/modernity, Islam/West, and East/West. Saffari argues that through their critique of Eurocentric metanarratives on the one hand, and the essentialist conceptions of Islam on the other, Shariati and neo-Shariatis have carved out a new space in Islamic thought beyond the traps of Orientalism and Occidentalism. This unique perspective will hold great appeal to researchers of the politics and intellectual thought of post-revolutionary Iran and the greater Middle East.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)|
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: between cultural essentialism and hegemonic universalism; 1. Post-revolutionary readings of a revolutionary Islamic discourse; 2. Islamic thought in encounter with colonial modernity; 3. A postcolonial discourse of public religion; 4. The enlightenment subject and a religiously mediated subjectivity; 5. Orientalism, Occidentalism, and the civilizational framework; Conclusion: toward a postcolonial cosmopolitanism; Bibliography.