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Faisal Devji and Zaheer Kazmi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190851279

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190851279.001.0001

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Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom

Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom

(p.189) 9 Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom
Islam after Liberalism

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Oxford University Press

The meaning of freedom in Iran cannot be exclusively unraveled from an “Islamic” perspective. At the same time, liberal concepts and the idea of freedom itself have repeatedly figured prominently in the writings of leading Islamic theoreticians and philosophers in the country. In order to give a brief overview of these ideas and the debates they have provoked, this article will follow three steps. Firstly, it will demonstrate that the idea of freedom has been at the heart of political events in modern Iran. I will start by sketching some of the major political upheavals in the country, with a particular emphasis on the events surrounding the Iranian revolution of 1979. In a second step, I will look at the nexus between Islam and liberal ideas in the political philosophy of major contemporary Iranian thinkers. And thirdly, I will sketch some of their flaws with a short philosophical critique.

Keywords:   Iran, Freedom, Islamic secularism, Political upheaval, Iranian revolution, Liberal ideas, Contemporary Iranian thinkers

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