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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KASRAVI, AḤMAD i. LIFE AND WORK – Encyclopaedia Iranica

Still, he approved of several aspects of Western civilization, such as constitutional government, patriotism, the rule of law, modern science, and the textile and agricultural industries, and he urged his compatriots to take full advantage of certain scientific and technological innovations idem,nos. A politico-cultural movement grew ahkad around the platform of his organization and from time to time carried out despicable acts such as the annual burnings of books that Kasravi considered deleterious to the education of youth.

The country you have selected will result in the following: Kasravj this, the first democratic revolution in Asia, Kasravi brings a mixture of philosophical sensibility and direct experience:.

Pope, Arthur Upham Pourjavadi, N. The battle on the streets of Tehran and the provincial towns of Iran arises not merely in a disputed election but in the clash of two views of Persian history that have become hard to reconcile. May 1, Last Updated: 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 kaasravi the light in Arabic in bools, came out in various Persian forms in the s and is now partly available in a superb English translation: Later, Shari’ati too identified Safavid Shi’ism as a ‘polytheistic’ religion.

Offline Computer — Download Bookshelf software to your desktop so you can view your eBooks with or without Internet access. He attacked the custom of building shrines for the Imams and characterized their worship as idolatry.


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He experienced a sort of conversion to Western learning when he learned that the comet of had been identified as a reappearance of Halley’s comet. Eventually he came across kasrravi article in Arabic in a special number of the Egyptian monthly Al-moqtatef.

Kasravi provides a fascinating topic for those with interests in Sufism and Iranian studies as he attempted to produce a form of Iranian identity that he believed was compatible with the modern age and Iranian nationalism. The constitutionalists seized the opportunity to join forces with them idem,pp.

Ahmad Kasravi: Books By Ahmad Kasravi, and a List of Books by Author Ahmad Kasravi

Topic select a topic Chubak, Sadeq Clark, James D. A prolific writer, Kasravi was very critical of both the Shi’a clergy and of the policies of the central government.

Thus it was that he ventured onto a dangerous path that all the secular intellectuals of his period attempted to bypass. But the Ottomans immediately suffered defeat and fell back. The two books complemented each other. Also to be noted is a controversy of Kasravi and his followers with the Tudeh Party see communism ii members over his criticism of materialism and his views on the destiny of Iran: According to Kasravi, the Shi’i practice of dissimulation of one’s real beliefs taqiyeh when survival is at stake, was in fact a means of deception which legitimized falsehood.

It was just a matter for a learned cleric to administer first Iran, then the whole world, until the Lord of Time revealed himself to his favourite nation and ushered in an age of justice and the end of the world. Kasravi, who at first seemed to be a reformer of Shi’ism, later hardened his position and became anti-Shi’i. Kasravi’s attack on the practices of certain Islamic jurists faqaha and the Safavids, under whose rule Shi’ism became Iran’s official religion and the Shi’i clergy obtained power and prestige, was a challenge to the dominant perception of Islamic practices.


We British, with our blase attitude to our parliament and its venal members, forget just how long and hard the Iranians have fought for representative government.

Where this book touches on the place of women in society, he remained dependent on Irano-Islamic tradition. The language used by Kasravi at this time in his articles explicitly violates the usual norms of the Persian language, both syntactically and lexically idem,pp.

Sometimes, the same title is carried by three different individuals. In late Decembera merciless war pitted the constitutionalist combatants of Tabriz against Russian soldiers sent by the Czarist government to booos out their movement and restore the deposed king to the throne idem,pp.

By using this Web site, you confirm that you have booka, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms of Use. He maintained that excess zeal in practising what he considered to be ‘impurities’, which had crept into the faith, was the cause of the people’s state of deprivation and underdevelopment.

How To Swap Books? Add to Wish List. Faithful to his principles, to the end booka his life Kasravi remained an unremitting defender of order, national unity, justice, the Constitution, and the modernization of the country. While Abdolhossein Teymourtash was a strong supporter of his works, Mohammad Ali Foroughi is said to have kasravk strong exception to his literary theories and banned him from contributing to the Farhangestan or to continue publishing.

His outspoken ways would lead him to have many supporters and critics starting from the Reza Shah period.