By Sasan Tavassoli

ISBN-10: 1845117611

ISBN-13: 9781845117610

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 the following examines Iranian Shi‘ite thinkers’ encounters with Christian suggestion because the Islamic revolution of 1979, and offers perception into the cultural and highbrow weather surrounding Christian-Muslim discussion in modern Iran. The literature on Christianity in Iran unearths a variety of ways and attitudes, and Tavassoli demonstrates that conventional polemics are giving option to a extra descriptive and subjective knowing of Christian concept. He additionally reports Muslim-Christian discussion and learn performed and supported via governmental in addition to non-governmental corporations, and provides an in depth exam, with interviews, of the paintings of 3 popular liberal spiritual intellectuals--Abdol Karim Soroush, Mostafa Malekian and Mojtahed Shabestari. putting modern Shi‘ite suggestion within the wide old context of pre- and post-revolution Iran, Tavassoli relates concrete spiritual, cultural and socio-political realities to the topics and orientations within the most recent part of the Shi‘i Islam-Christianity come upon, and provides clean perception into the dynamism of latest Islam and the spiritual complexities of the Muslim international.

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112 In order to refute the idea that Iranian Shi’i clerics are by nature reactionary or against the modern world or engaged in a “clash of civilization” with the West, Mirsepassi quotes a comment by Hassan Taromi, director of the history of Islamic sciences at the Encyclopedia Islamica Foundation. Taromi, who has been deeply involved in the Islamic revolution, comments, I feel now that we cannot separate ourselves from what is going on in the world. The wheel that turns the world, and the philosophical traditions and assumptions which move that wheel, may have quite unacceptable results in practice, but we have to face that philosophy and appreciate it even though we may have reservations and doubts.

We both believe that all humans come from the same father and mother. . We believe in the dignity of man. . We appreciate the value of human life as a great divine gift. We both believe in the Prophets. . We both have great respect for the Prophet Abraham. . We both have a great reverence and love for Mary and her son, Jesus, upon them be peace. We believe in his virgin birth and await his second coming. indd 25 3/22/2011 12:48:12 PM 26 Christian Encounters with Iran We both share great concerns about the challenges of living a life of faith today, caused by the contemporary culture of materialism and secularism.

123 Appreciation for Aspects of the West It should not be assumed that all Iranian thinkers are looking at the issues of modernity and the West only from a negative perspective. Indeed, many Iranian Muslims have a deep appreciation of not only the technical and scientific progress of the West, but also some of the ideals and values of Western societies. Although Mehdi Bazargan belonged to a previous generation of intellectual Muslims, his comments can still provide a window into the thinking of many contemporary Iranians.

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