Mysticism and Dissent: Socioreligious Thought in Qajar Iran

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Syracuse University Press, 1982 - Religion - 228 pages
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This updated history examines the complex origins of religious dissent in nineteenth-century Qajar Iran (then known to Westerners as Persia), and how it provided a mood and attitude that led to far-reaching political dissent, culminating in the establishment of a new government in 1906.

Bayat extracts social and political thought from theological treatises to show how a centuries-long tradition of reform in Shia thought helped pave the way for modern secular change. She also concludes that as a result of the failed attempt of doctrinal reforms and the subsequent secularization of political thought, socioreligious conflicts were left unresolved, generating tensions that were to explode generations later.

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Contents

Early Shaikhism
37
The Secularization of Dissent in Shia Thought
133
The Triumph of Secularization
177
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Bayat is an idependent scholar. She has taught at the University of Bonn (Germany), Harvard University, the University of Iowa, MIT, and the University of Shiraz (Iran).

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