He acquired physics, chemistry, mathematics, and geography books and .. Iran Nameh, Special Issue on Ahmad Kasravi, 20/, Kasravi’s writings may be treated in four phases. First, in the period from the mid- s to the mids, he published textbooks for teaching. James Buchan considers Ahmad Kasravi, famed historian of Iran’s Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email.

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Kasrabi fervor aroused in Kasravi by the heroic resistance of the fighters led him to take to the pulpit in mosques throughout the town to call the population to rise up. Product pricing will be adjusted to match the corresponding currency. If you enter several tags, separate with commas.

Thus doubt began to gnaw at his mind idem,pp. A proponent of reform in Islam[5] he was respected for his deep knowledge amhad the religion, as “even his orthodox opponents admit that Kasravi was an able theologian and regard his Shari’ate Ahmadi as the best book on the fundamentals of Islam and Shi’ism of his time”, [6] and, like Dr. His outspoken ways would lead him to have many supporters and critics starting from the Reza Shah period.

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ShahbaziA. Kurdish Studies Series Bibliotheca Iranica: Kasravi revolted against what he called the cult of personality of Shi’i Imams which had led to the Shi’i custom of ‘people worshipping’.

A protest against mismanagement and famine and the sale by the Qajars of mining and trading concessions to shady City of London interests changed on the streets of Tabriz and Tehran into a full-blown movement for liberty and the rule of law. He challenged the concept of imamate, or the right of Imam Ali and his male lineage to the religious and kasrai leadership of the Islamic community.

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This work established Kasravi as a prominent scholar and competent linguist in the scholarly circles kaeravi both Iran and Europe.

Basically, he believed and wrote that ” all the present-day representations of Islam have been deviated from the essence and the true concept of its foundation”. The movement was formed during Pahlavi dynasty. Ahmad Kasravi and the Iranian Mystical Lasravi. The third phase extends from the mids to the end of the s, when Kasravi published some 18 books and pamphlets on the history of Iran, including a number of valuable contributions such as his boosk book on the history of the Constitutional Revolution q.

Having had a traditional clerical education, Kasravi must have anticipated the traditional response of the clerical community to his discourse. He rejected the commonly held belief that the first three caliphs had usurped the position of Imam Ali.

It could be justifiably argued that both Mohammad Taqi Ali Shariati’s father and Ali Shari’ati were sensitive to and influenced by Kasravi’s criticisms and denunciation of Shi’i excesses and the clerical institution.

Present in the world in flesh and bone, the Mahdi passes unrecognised through the Shia cities, walking perhaps even ah,ad the Tehran crowds streaming between Enqelab and Azad. His principal bugbear was superstition, or rather the parade of Shia ceremonies that punctuate the Iranian calendar, the cursing of the early caliphs, and the self-flagellation and mourning for the prophet’s family, persecuted and done to death by the Arab dynasties.

If there is a difficulty for the general reader, it is the strange nomenclature of that period before the introduction of surnames by the Pahlavis inand the baffling proliferation of aristocratic titles: Selected books and essays by scholars and writers. This is the most famous work of Kasravi as a historian.

Although Kasravi had written an important book called Shari’at Ahmadi on the osul and foru’ of Ahmax and Shi’ism, he gradually began to question not only the role and legitimacy of the clergy, but even the basis of Shi’ism.


Palpable terror ruled the town. Kasravi had just turned Also his own personality traits contributed to making the situation worse. To this, the first democratic revolution in Asia, Kasravi brings a mixture of philosophical sensibility and direct experience:. Of the History, Siegel has translated the first third, and plans to complete volumes two and three this year.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Amini, Los Angeles, Calif. Meanwhile, conflicts between the various religious sects took on a political aspect.

Category: Books by Ahmad Kasravi

Other works on Kasravi began in the s and gradually increased, including: Within these dialects Kasravi found a real treasure of Iranian words that had become obsolete centuries before from not having been used by poets and administrators, to the extent that the Iranians considered them foreign. This liberal Iranian view has its best expression in the opening to Ahmad Kasravi’s Tarikh-e Mashrute-ye Iran, or History of the Iranian Constitutional Revolution, which first saw the light in Arabic incame out in various Persian forms in the s and is now partly available in a superb Whmad translation:.

Hooks spent his time studying mathematics and astronomy. Sheikh Fazlollah was executed by the constitutionalists on 31 July While still a seminary student in Tabriz, his home town, he came into contact with militants of boks constitutionalist movement.

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Nonetheless, he did not wish to go to the provinces, and the minister could not find a job for him in Tehran. The Russians increased their numbers there, and the Ottoman troops, fighting the Russian army, approached Tabriz.

He succeeded in liberating Justice from the supervision of the clergy idem,p.