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- DescriptionIn this book, Shaul Mishal and Ori Goldberg explore the ways in which Shiite leaderships in Iran and Leban approach themselves and their world. Contrary to the violent and radical image of religious leaderships in the Islamic Republic of Iran and Lebanese Hizballah, the political vision and practice of these leaderships view the world as a middle ground, shying away from absolutist and extremist tendencies. The political leadership assumed by Shiite religious scholars in Iran and Leban has transformed Shiite Islam from a marginalized mirity to a highly politicized avant garde of Muslim presence, revitalized the practice and causes of political Islam in its struggle for legitimacy and authority, and reshaped the politics of the Middle East and the globe in its image. Utilizing approaches from social theory, history, theology, and literary criticism, the book presents these leaderships as pragmatic, interpretative entities with the potential to form fruitful relationships between Shiite leadership and the n-Shiite world.
- Author BiographyShaul Mishal is a Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University and at the School of Government, IDC Herzlia, and a Visiting Professor at Yale University, Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He has authored and co-authored several books on Palestinian issues including West Bank/East Bank, The PLO under Arafat, Speaking Stones with R. Aharoni, The Palestinian Hamas with A. Sela, and Investment in Peace with R. Kuperman and D. Boas. Mishal has authored numerous articles, which have appeared in many leading journals. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ori Goldberg teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Shi'i Theology in Iran: The Challenge of Religious Experience and Thinking Shi'a, as well as a collection of lectures examining Shiite culture, politics, and consciousness from various perspectives. Dr Goldberg's research focuses on the comparative study of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish theological thought; Middle East politics and culture; and the critical role of religious thought in social theory and practice. He received his Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University.
- Author(s)Ori Goldberg,Shaul Mishal
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication05/03/2015
- SubjectPolitics: General & Reference
- Series TitleProblems of International Politics
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note2 b/w illus.
- Weight230 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine9 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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