Articles

An Introduction to the Public and Private Debate in Islam

“An Introduction to the Public and Private Debate in Islam,” Social Research, 70/3 (New York, Fall 2003), pp. 659-680. An Introduction to the Public and Private Debate in Islam Abstract Religion, in particular among the cultural components, is one of the most influential factors in determining the extent of public and private spheres. Religions descending from Abraham (i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam) give rise to the human identity, through emphasis on the private life of the individual. What is the extent of privacy in the Islamic point of view? Does…
kadivarad33
2002/12/05
Reviews

The Reform Movement and the Debate on Modernity and Tradition in Contemporary Iran

Abstract To appreciate the significance of the reform movement represented by the books selected for this survey, one needs the sharply contrasting background of Islamic thought in Iran from the mid-1960s to the end of 1980s, the period perceptively surveyed by Mehrzad Boroujerdi in Iranian Intellectuals and the West. Boroujerdi shows that the moral indignation against Westernization in Iran pre-dated the outburst of revolution in 1979 by a few decades, beginning as a series of nativistic protests that gradually cohered in the shape of an Islamic ideology. The mythical construction of…
kadivarad33
2002/11/15
Reviews

Reform, Attack from within

Dissident political theology in contemporary Iran By Mahmoud Sadri February 13, 2002 The Iranian In a recent trip to Amsterdam, I visited a diamond cutting factory where rapidly revolving disks coated with diamond dust and olive oil are used to cut facets on rough diamonds; which reminded me of the old saying: "Only diamond can cut diamond." A dominant theology is more vulnerable to the challenge of a reformist theology from within the sphere of religious discourse than to secular attacks from without. It is true, Christianity had a secular…
kadivarad33
2002/02/13