1st Edition

Religion and Society in Qajar Iran

ISBN 9780415573474
Published December 21, 2009 by Routledge
482 Pages - 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Gleave brings together studies by experts in the area of religion in nineteenth-century Iran in order to present new insights into Qajar religion, political and cultural history. Key topics covered include the relationship between religion and the state, the importance of archival materials for the study of religion, the developments of Qajar religious thought, the position of religious minorities in Qajar Iran, the relationship between religion and Qajar culture, and the centrality of Shi'ite hierarchy and the state.

Table of Contents

Religion and Society in Qajar Iran: An Introduction  Part 1: Religion and the State in the Qajar Period  1. Political Ethic and Public Law in the Early Qajar Period  2. Jihad and the Religious Legitimacy of the Early Qajar State  3. From DÁr al-SalÔana-yi IÒfahÁn To DÁr al-khilafa-yi ÓihrÁn: Continuity and Change in the Safavid Model of State-Religious Administration during the Qajars (from 1795-1895 /1209-1313)  4. Religious and State Jurisdiction during NÁÒir al-DÐn ShÁh's Reign  Part 2: Religious Thought in the Qajar Period  5. Being (wujÙd) and Sanctity (wilÁya): Two Poles of Intellectual and Mystical Enquiry in Qajar Iran  6. Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Twelver ShiÝism: The Case of AÎmad al-AÎsÁÞÐ (the risÁla Ýilmiyya)  7. Anti-AkhbÁrÐ-Sentiments among the Qajar ÝUlamÁÞ: The Case of MuÎammad BÁqir al-KhwÁnsÁrÐ (d.1313/1895)  8. Heterodox Intellectuals and the Iranian Constitutional Revolution  Part 3: Sources for the Study of Popular Religion in Qajar Iran  9. Religion in Public and Private Life: The Case of YaghmÁ-yi JandaqÐ (1781-1859)  10. Pious Merchants: Religious Sentiments in Wills and Testaments  11. The Vaqf and Religious Patronage of ManÙchihr KhÁn MuÝtamad al-Dawla  Part 4: Religious Minorities and Western Missionaries  12. Mujtahids and Missionaries: ShÐÝÐ Responses to Christian Polemics in the Early Qajar Period  13. Western Missionaries in Azerbayjani Society (1834-1914)  14. Jews of Iran in the Qajar Period: Persecution and Perseverance  15. The Evolution of Charismatic Authority in the BahÁÞÐ Faith, (1863-1921)  16. The Role of Women during the Iranian BahÁÞÐ Community during the Qajar Period  Part 5: Religion and Culture in Qajar Iran  17. Religious Rituals, Social Identities, and Political Relationships in Tehran under Qajar Rule: 1850s to 1920s  18. The Exile Persian Press and the Pro-constituionalist ÝulamÁÞ of the ÝAtabat  19. Religion and Medicine in Qajar Iran  20. Some Interpretations of Religious and Popular Culture in Qajar Tilework

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Robert Gleave is Reader in Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol. His research interests include Shi'ism, Iranian History after 1500 and Islamic Law. His publications include Islamic Law: Theory and Practice (joint editor), London, 1996 and Inevitable Doubt: Two Theories of Shi'i Jurisprudence (Leiden, 2000).


'A valuable prioneering study that draws attention to a topic which demands far more attention from historians.' - Baha'i Studies Review 13