By Sarfraz Khan

ISBN-10: 0415591392

ISBN-13: 9780415591393

There are major traits distinguishable among Muslim reformists - revivalists and modernists. This ebook charts and analyses the most tendencies of Muslim reformist political inspiration in Bukhara. it's the first to make use of unique resources preserved in Soviet records that have been formerly inaccessible to western students. the writer has translated quite a few unique files from Tajiki and Russian into English. This booklet therefore serves as an invaluable source for college kids of Islam, vital Asia, the previous Soviet Union, and of legislations, politics and philosophy.

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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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