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Principles for Progress

Essays on Religion and Modernity by Abdu’l-Baha 

Engels - Paperback

418 pagina's  |  Leiden University Press  |  juni 2018

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This book presents three of the works of Abdu?l-Baha, son of the founder of the Baha?i Faith, dealing with social and political issues. In ‘The Secret of Divine Civilization’ (1875) Abdu?l-Baha supports the administrative and broader social reforms of Mirza Hosayn Khan, but looks mainly for organic reform through the efforts of Iranian intellectuals to waken and educate the masses. In this work, Abdu?l-Baha gives virtuous and progressive Islamic clerics a leading role among these intellectuals, indeed most of his appeals are directed specifically to them. ‘A Traveller’s Narrative’ (1889/90) is an authoritative statement of the broad lines of Baha’i social and political thinking. ‘The Art of Governance’ (1892/93) was written as Iran entered a pre-revolutionary phase, and ideas that we recognise today as the precursors of political Islam were spreading. It sets out the principles underlying the ideal relationship between religion and politics and between the government and the people. In addition to presenting the first parallel text translations of these works, the Persian texts incorporate notes on variants in the early published sources. An introduction outlines the intellectual and political landscape from which Abdu?l-Baha wrote, and in which his expected readers lived. Sen McGlinn is an independent scholar who writes and translates in the fields of Bahai studies, Iranian studies and Islamic studies.



VertalerSen McGlinn
Soort boek Paperback, 418 pagina's
Uitgever Leiden University Press , Verschijningsjaar: 2018
ISBN-13 9789087283070
ISBN-10 9087283075
Taal Engels


Categorieën Literatuur  >  Literatuur algemeen
Studieboeken  >  Taal & Letterkunde
Serie Iranian Studies Series
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