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Ali Shari’ati is, for many, the ideological father of the Iranian revolution. A charismatic leader and teacher, his radical blend of Islam and Marxism mobilised a whole generation of young Iranians. This first full-length political biography looks at Ali Shari’ati’s life and thought in the context of the complex and contradictory cultural, social and political conditions of the Iranian society that shaped him. Covering his upbringing in provincial Mashhad, his life as a student in Paris during the early 1960s, his subsequent development as a religious and revolutionary thinker at odds with both the Pahlavi regime and the Shi’i clerical establishment to his death in exile at the age of forty-four, Ali Rahnema unravels much of the enigma that surrounds this important figure.
Publisher: I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS LONDON