Thinking Islam: Islamic scholars, tradition, and the state in the Islamic Republic of Iran Public Deposited

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  • Foody, Kathleen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Religious Studies
  • This dissertation explores the intersection of secular and historically Islamic forms in Iranian debates over the role of Muslim scholars in the modern world. I draw on textual publications (both print and online) that are intended for public consumption and authored by government officials, classically-trained Islamic scholars, lay religious intellectuals, and journalists. Drawing on recent theoretical interrogations of secular universalism, as well as postcolonial and decolonial studies, I argue that the engagements of both classically-trained Islamic scholars and new religious intellectuals in Iran highlight the imbrications of the secular and the Islamic in contemporary Muslim discourse. Given these intersections, I propose in the conclusion that scholarship of Islam generally and of Muslim scholars in particular might disrupt boundaries between the academic enterprise of the Western academy and intellectual work arising elsewhere.
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  • Safi, Omid
  • Doctor of Philosophy
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