Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought: Rational Shariah in Twenty-First-Century Iran

Ridgeon, L. (2023) Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought: Rational Shariah in Twenty-First-Century Iran. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009322225 (doi: 10.1017/9781009322263)

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Ahmad Qābel (1954–2012) was one of the key figures in the “New Religious Thinking” trend of reformist thought, whose radical views were some of the most daring of his generation, seeking to rationalize and modernize understandings of the shariah. In this comprehensively researched and accessibly written book, Lloyd Ridgeon offers an original examination of Qābel’s writings, including the articles that comprise his seminal work Shariʿat-e ʿaqlāni (Rational Shariah). Throughout his career, Qābel crossed many political and religious redlines, resulting in several prison terms and hastening his premature death while under hospital arrest. Chapters covering topics from jurisprudence and politics to gender relations and society unravel Qābel’s worldview, introducing and illuminating his work for all readers. With extended translations from Qābel’s compositions, including two articles from Shariʿat-e ʿaqlāni, Ridgeon offers the necessary context to understand the resounding significance of Qābel’s ideas and arguments.

Item Type:Books
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ridgeon, Dr Lloyd
Authors: Ridgeon, L.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > Theology and Religious Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:01 March 2023
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