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Humanity and Islam

Ali Shariati

in Liberal Islam

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195116212
Published online November 2007 |
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Ali Shariati (Iran, 19331977) may be one of the most popular figures in Iran today. During the Iranian Revolution of 1979, his photograph and his writings appeared throughout the country, and the subsequent cold shoulder he received from the clerical leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran may have served to improve his reputation. Shariati was born and raised in northeastern Iran, the son of a religious scholar but educated in secular schools, including the Sorbonne, where he received his doctorate. Upon his return to Iran, Shariati launched a career as a lecturerfirst at the University of Mashhad, then at the Hosseiniyeh Ershad in Tehran, a religious educational institution, where he built a large following, especially among university students, for his critique of oppressive political and religious establishments. After being tolerated by the Pahlavi regime for several years, he was imprisoned in 1973, and the Hosseiniyeh was shut down. Soon after his release from prison, he died in London. The following lecture from around 1969 defends the concept of free will in Islam. 1

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