Theology of Discontent: The Ideological Foundatation of the Islamic Revolution in Iran

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Transaction Publishers, 2006 - Religion - 644 pages
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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."

Hamid Dabashi is professor of Persian studies 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, issued by Transaction, which won the Association of American Publishers Award for most outstanding professional and scholarly publication in religion and philosophy.
  

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Contents

Jalal Ale Ahmad The Dawn of the Islamic Ideology
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Ali Shariati The Islamic Ideologue Par Excellence
102
Morteza Motahhari The Chief Ideologue of the Islamic Revolution
147
Sayyid Mahmud Taleqani The Father of the Revolution
216
Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Hossein Tabatabai The Philosophical Dimensions of the Islamic Ideology
273
Mehdi Bazargan The Devout Engineer
324
Abolhasan BaniSadr The Monotheist Economist
367
Ayatollah Khomeini The Theologian of Discontent
409
Dimensions of the Islamic Ideology
485
Notes
523
Bibliography
595
Index
623
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Hamid Dabashi is professor of Persian studies at Columbia University

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