Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

Reason, Freedom, & Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush

Synopsis

In recent years Abdolkarim Soroush has emerged as one of the leading revisionist thinkers of the Muslim world. Translated into English for the first time, this book features a critical introduction by the editors and an original interview that reveals the intellectual biography of the author. It sets forth Soroush's views on such matters as the inevitability of change in religion, the necessity of freedom of belief, and the compatibility of Islam with democracy.

Excerpt

The present collection represents part of my intellectual activities during the last fifteen years, in the aftermath of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. It has been collected, annotated, and translated here according to the discernment of its editors and is presented, in accordance with my wishes, in chronological order to reflect the evolution of my thought along with the social developments in Iran. These essays are partly a reaction to and partly an instigator of social developments in my country. As such, they are, I hope, of interest for the scholars of the cultural and intellectual history of Iran.

It is worth noting that I have reviewed and discussed the translation with the editors and translators in detail. I have found them faithful, meticulous, and rigorous. I should thank my respected colleagues and friends who have encouraged and helped in this project and, in particular, the young scholars who have translated and edited this work: Dr. Mahmoud Sadri and Dr. Ahmad Sadri.

Tehran

ʿAbodolkarim Soroush

April 29, 1998 . . .

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