By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam
Because the architect of the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini is still some of the most inspirational and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. The revolution positioned Iran on the vanguard of center East politics and the Islamic revival. 20 years after his loss of life, Khomeini is respected as a religious and political figurehead in Iran and in huge swathes of the Islamic global, whereas within the West he's remembered by way of many as a dictator and the instigator of Islamist disagreement. Arshin Adib-Moghaddam brings jointly distinctive and rising students during this entire quantity, which covers all points of Khomeini's lifestyles and seriously examines Khomeini the baby-kisser, the thinker, and the religious chief, whereas contemplating his legacy in Iran and extra afield in different components of the Islamic global and the West. Written by way of students from various disciplines, the e-book will turn out valuable to scholars and basic readers attracted to the lifestyles and instances of Khomeini and the politics that he encouraged.
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Extra resources for A Critical Introduction to Khomeini
Usually used with reference to the Greater Occultation (Ghaybat al-Kubra), and not the Lesser Occultation (Ghaybat al-Sughra) that occurred between the birth of the Twelfth Imam and the year 941 AD, wherein representatives of the Imam still maintained a direct link with the Shi’i community and relayed his guidance. Grand Ayatollah See Marja-e Taqlid. Hadith (Pl. Ahadith) A narrated tradition detailing the sayings and practices of the Prophet and Twelve Imams. Haram Impermissible. Hawza Seminary.
Ijtihad Interpretation of classical sources of jurisprudence, using one’s reason, in order to ascertain new rulings within a modern context. ‘Ilm Knowledge pertaining to Islam and Islamic law. ‘Irfan Islamic mysticism/gnosis. Not to be confused with Sufism, which is the more systematic and organized practice of ‘irfan within a tariqa (Sufi order). Ithna ‘Asheri Literally meaning “Twelver,” the predominant school of thought within Shi’i Islam that takes its name from the belief in the legitimacy of Twelve successive Imams following the death of the Prophet.
Sayyid has recently coedited A Postcolonial People (2006) and Thinking Through Islamophobia (2011). Sadegh Zibakalam is Professor of Political Science at Tehran University. He was awarded a PhD from the School of Peace Studies at Bradford University in 1990. He has published a number of books and articles on contemporary political issues in Iran. Acknowledgments The idea for this book came about in a Eureka moment over drinks with Marigold Acland at Browns in Cambridge. She believed in this project from the outset, and carried it through with unmistakable vigor.
A Critical Introduction to Khomeini by Arshin Adib-Moghaddam