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On Islam & Shi`ism

Translated from the Persian by M.R. Ghanoonparvar. Critical essay by M.A. Jazayery.

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Published: 1989
Page #: xviii + 228
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 0-939214-39-3
index, notes

 
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Ahmad Kasravi (1890-1946) is one of the most prolific writers of 20th century Iran, with broad interests as a reformer and social thinker. He wrote on a variety of subjects, including history, geography, social criticism, literature and philology. In his works, Kasravi challenges convention and what he sees as decadent ideas, superstitions and various other ills of society. Nowhere are his controversial ideas more evident than in his writings on Islam in general, and Shi'ism in particular.

This volume is the first translation of two of Kasravi's works, Dar Piramoun-e Islam (On Islam) and Shi'igari (Shi'ism). In the context of Shi'ism, Kasravi dared to directly attack the Shi'ite clergy, which angered religious groups and eventually led to his assassination by a group called the Fada'iyan-e Islam in 1946.

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Ahmad Kasravi

Ahmad Kasravi was born in 1890 in an impoverished borough of Tabriz. Raised to be a clergyman, he became a zealous champion of constitutionalism, having witnessed his town’s constitutionalists’ courageous fight for the Majles and the rule of law. Moved by the terrible suffering his province of Azerbaijan underwent in the course of the revolution, he drafted a version of the present history around 1922. He was assassinated by a Shi`a Muslim fanatic in 1946.

Translator’s Introduction
“Kasrvai, Iconoclastic Thinker of Twentieth-Century Iran,” an Essay by M. A. Jazayery
Bibliographical Notes

Book One:
ON ISLAM

Introduction
Chapter 1: The Detrimental Consequences of Islam
Chapter 2: Excuses Made by Moslems
Chapter 3: God is Weary of this Islam
Chapter 4: All Religions Have the Same Foundation
Chapter 5: Islam and “Pakdini.”

Book Two:
SHI`ISM

Foreword
Chapter 1: How Shi`ism Began
Chapter 2: Criticism that Can be Made of Shi`ism
Chapter 3: Determinants of this Sect.
Chapter 4: The Bullying of the Clerics
Selected Bibliography of the Writings of Ahmad Kasravi

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