Conceptual Approaches in Contemporary Iranian Religious Reformism

Abdolkarimi, Bijan
July 2009
Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies;2009, Vol. 2 Issue 3, p307
Academic Journal
This article seeks to present the various aspects of the Iranian religious reformist movement of the past half century; namely, the twenty-five years prior to the Iranian revolution and the twenty-five years after its victory. Six patterns of reformism can be distinguished. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages and each differs in terms of its conceptual elements, conception of modernity, and the procedures it advocates for Islamic reform. The six patterns of reformism can be grouped as (1) scientific-positivistic, (2) ideological-organizational, (3) ideological-sociological, (4) Kantian-epistemological, (5) Heideggerian-ontological, and (6) postmodern-pluralistic. The article will conclude with a note on the apparent trend of Islamic reformism in contemporary Iran.


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