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SUPERSTITIONS

Translated from the Persian by M. R. Ghanoonparvar

Availability: Forthcoming
Published: 2024
Page #: xii + 120
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-1568593999
bibliography, index, notes

Quick Overview

Superstitions by Ahmad Kasravi reveals the passion of a man of reason who led an overall campaign against what he viewed as decadent ideas and beliefs in all aspects of society, including religion. While his criticism is mainly aimed at such beliefs in the culture of his own society, including the superstitious beliefs inculcated in the people by Shi’ite clerics, he also decries certain Western practices, such as palm reading and summoning the spirits of the dead, which were imported to Iran at the time. Worthy of note is the fact that Kasravi was murdered for the expression of such criticism.


This book expands our understanding of the ills that have plagued many societies, not only in the Middle East but also beyond.

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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.

Foreword
Introduction

Chapter One
Is Foretelling Possible?

Chapter Two
Is There Any Benefit from Witchcraft?

Chapter Three
Can Certain Things Be of Good Omen or Bad men?

Chapter Four
Can One See the Future in Dreams?

Chapter Five
Can One Converse With the Dead?

Chapter Six
Is the Control of Affairs Not in the Hands of Humans Themselves?

References
Index

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