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Throughout history, Shari'ati reminds us in these lectures and writings, people in search of deliverance from constricting social and intellectual systems have all too often followed influential thinkers out of one form of capivity and directly into another. He warns that great case must be taken in this day of search and upheaval to examine the prevailing movements that promise solutions for humanity.
Marxism, which holds special appeal for the world's oppressed peoples and those sensitive to their suffering because of its emphasis on justice, merits particularly close scrutiny. Shari'ati analyzes its roots in materialism, its relation to the Hegelian dialectric, its preoccupation with matters of production, the sources of its diametrical opposition to Islam, Marx's objection to religion, and other crucial aspects to Marxism.
But his attention is not confined to Marxism alone. He discusses the established religions, bourgeois liberalism, and existentialism, beginning with their fundamental notions of man. He examines the characteristic refusal of the major freedom-seeking movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centures to accept any spiritual dimension in man. Throughout hs inquiry, Shari'ati offers comparisons with the ideology of Islam, drawing upon the principles and precepts contained in the Qur'an as well as cultural material from the history of Islamic society. Gradually and eloquently, he expounds his persoai view of Islam as the philosophy of human liberation.
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The late Dr. Ali Shari'ati (1933-1977) was a charismatic Iranian sociology teacher who had done his graduate studies in both Paris and Mahhad. During the 1960's and 1970's he exercised a dynamic influence over the young people of Iran. He singular views, articulated in the numerous lectures and writings of his short career, lent impetus to the Islamic revival of recent years and to the Iranian Islamic revolution, which he did not live to witness.
About The Translator: R. Campbell did hsi graduate word in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also translated other books for Mizan Press.
About the Editor: Hamid Algar, the series editor for the books in the Contemporary Islamic Thought -- Persian Series, if professor of Persian and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1965.Language Notes:
Text: English, Persian (translation)
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Book Description Mizan Press, 1980. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110933782063
Book Description Mizan Press, 1980. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0933782063