Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism, and Islam in Iranian Political Thought

Beyond Shariati: Modernity, Cosmopolitanism, and Islam in Iranian Political Thought

by Siavash Saffari

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107164161
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/20/2017
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Siavash Saffari is an assistant professor of West Asian Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, Seoul National University. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Alberta, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University, New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction: 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.

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