Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran

ISBN : 9780198840763

Alessandro Cancian
376 ページ
156 x 234 mm
Qur'anic Studies Series

Approaches to the Qur'an in Contemporary Iran explores the importance of the Qur'an in the religious, artistic, political, and intellectual discourses in modern and contemporary Iran from the nineteenth century to the present. The chapters included in the volume have been written by some of the most authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran. Their contributions span a wide range of subjects and themes, covering such varied ground as the examination of the trends in Qur'anic exegesis that are currently prominent in Iran, the use of Qur'anic themes in contemporary Iranian cinema, the concept of revelation as the basis of diverse political trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sufi mystical interpretations of the Qur'an the use of the Qur'an in the arts, the Qur'an as a living scripture in specific intellectual and social circles, and case studies of individual intellectuals.

Through this wide-ranging survey, the book aims to become a reference for anyone interested in the Qur'an's imprint on the religious, political, cultural, and anthropological history of modern and contemporary Iranian society. The maps serve to situate the reader geographically and a careful selection of photographs bring a flavour of Iranian religious culture during this period.


Notes on Contributors
Note on Transliteration, Conventions and Abbreviations
Section I: Power, Authority and Exegesis
1 Seyfeddin Kara: The Rational-analytical tafsir in modern Iran: The influence of the Usuli School of Jurisprudence on the Interpretation of the Qur'an
2 Sajjad Rizvi: Striving Beyond the Balance (al-mizan): Spiritual Practice and the Qur'an in the Tabataba'i tariqa
3 Liyakat Takim: Privileging the Qur'an: Divorce and the Hermeneutics of Ayatollah Sanii
4 Neguin Yavari: Qur'anic Sanction and the Semiotics of Sovereignty in Contemporary Iran
5 Banafsheh Madaninejad: The Limits of a 'Fixed' Qur'an: The Iranian Religious Intellectual Movement Pushes Beyond the Historical Contextualization Method
6 Yaser Mirdamadi: Divine Inspiration and Mystical Experience: Abdolkarim Soroush's Theory of Qur'anic Revelation: A Historical-Philosophical Appraisal
Section II: Alternative Approaches: Between Marginality and Legitimacy
7 Reza Tabandeh: A Sufi Defence of the Qur'an: Husayn 'Ali Shah's Rebuttal of Henry Martyn and Sufism in Early Nineteenth-Century Iran
8 Rainer Brunner: Abrogation and Falsification of Scripture according to Shi'i Authors between Iraq and Iran (19th-20th Centuries)
9 Nicholas Boylston: Speaking the Secrets of Sanctity in the Tafsir of Safi 'Ali Shah
10 Alessandro Cancian: Shi'i Sufism and Qur'anic Exegesis Early Modern Iran: Sultan 'Ali Shah Gunabadi and his Bayan al-sa'ada
11 Leonard Lewisohn: In the Company of the Qur'an by Muhyi al-Din Ilahi Ghomshei
Section III: The Arts, Material Culture and Everyday Life
12 Alice Bombardier: Rediscovering a Contemporary Illustrated Qur'an: Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi's Illustrations of Jean Grosjean's Translation (1972)
13 Anna Vanzan: Women, Qur'an and the Power of Calligraphy in Contemporary Iran
14 Nacim Pak-Shiraz: The Divine Word on the Screen: Imaging the Qur'an in Iranian Cinema
15 Niloofar Haeri: qunut Verses from Inside and Outside of the Qur'an: Sources of Variability in the Performance of Namaz
16 Ingvild Flaskerud: The Qur'an as an Efficacious Text: Contemporary Iranian Twelver Shi'i Women and the Oral Qur'an as Living Text
17 Giovanni De Zorzi: The Qur'an as an Aesthetical Model in Music? The Case of 20th-Century Iran
General Index


Alessandro Cancian is a Research Associate in the Department of Academic Research and Publications at the Institute of Ismaili Studies.