Reviews

Book Review (New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim)

    The essays in New Directions in Islamic Thought form part of a Norwegian scholarly initiative executed at venues in Sarajevo, Istanbul and Yogyakarta. The contributions to this volume reflect the alternative Islamic discourses emerging in what the editors call ‘the new intellectual and political climate of the post-colonial second half of the twentieth century’ (p.3). The resultant constructive critiques originating from various parts of the Muslim world interrogate the Islamic tradition of learning, modern human rights and ethics and present alternatives to secular modernism and Islamist apologetics, both of…
kadivarad33
2010/07/06
Reviews

Between Mullahs’ Robes and Absolutism: Conservatism in Iran

Fazili ,Yousra Y.; Between Mullahs’ Robes and Absolutism: Conservatism in Iran; SAIS Review of International affairs, Vol. 30, No.1, Winter-Spring 2010, The Johns Hopkins University Press, pp. 51-53. Abstract The contested 2009 presidential elections revealed deep divisions among Iran’s ruling elite at a political and clerical level, calling into question what a society governed by jurists and Islamic law truly means. As the leadership attempts to maintain its tenuous hold on power while suppressing a popular reformist movement, the question remains: How to resolve the tension between divine law and...
kadivarad33
2010/04/30