Christian Encounters with Iran: Engaging Muslim Thinkers by Sasan Tavassoli

By Sasan Tavassoli

The interface among the present Shi‘ite panorama and Christian considering is of the best value for the moving political and spiritual dynamics of the center East. Sasan Tavassoli right here examines Iranian Shi‘ite thinkers’ encounters with Christian inspiration because the Islamic revolution of 1979, and gives perception into the cultural and highbrow weather surrounding Christian-Muslim discussion in modern Iran. The literature on Christianity in Iran finds a variety of ways and attitudes, and Tavassoli demonstrates that conventional polemics are giving option to a extra descriptive and subjective figuring out of Christian suggestion. He additionally reports Muslim-Christian discussion and learn carried out and supported via governmental in addition to non-governmental enterprises, and provides an in depth exam, with interviews, of the paintings of 3 well-known liberal non secular intellectuals--Abdol Karim Soroush, Mostafa Malekian and Mojtahed Shabestari. putting modern Shi‘ite notion within the extensive historic context of pre- and post-revolution Iran, Tavassoli relates concrete spiritual, cultural and socio-political realities to the subjects and orientations within the most up-to-date section of the Shi‘i Islam-Christianity come across, and gives clean perception into the dynamism of latest Islam and the spiritual complexities of the Muslim global.

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135 The Crisis of the Iranian Revolution Another significant social reality in Iran is the desire for some kind of change from the status quo. Regardless of where one stands on the political spectrum in Iran, it is generally agreed that many of the promises and ideals of the revolution have not been fulfilled. This basic feeling of frustration with the Islamic Republic among various social groups and classes has created a new openness on the part of many Iranians to listen to other ideas and systems of thought.

Runs the gamut from the ancient Greeks to Heidegger and including Kant, Hegel and Marx. Indeed, if Western philosophy was considered impure by many ulema prior to the revolution, the opposite was increasingly true afterwards. . Outside the seminaries and in the universities, the range of works studied was of course even broader. While there remained a broad affinity with the hermeneutic scholars in the West, there continued to be an avid interest in the writings of Marx, as well as those of Foucault and Habermas.

Indd 43 3/22/2011 12:48:16 PM 44 Christian Encounters with Iran 2001 as the “Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations,” with the earnest hope that through such a dialogue, the realization of universal justice and liberty be initiated. Among the worthiest achievements of this century is the acceptance of the necessity and significance of dialogue and rejection of force, promotion of understanding in cultural, economic and political fields, and strengthening of the foundations of liberty, justice and human rights .

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