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Shi'i Sectarianism in the Middle East: Modernisation and the Quest for Islamic Universalism

10 May, 2015 11:46
Shi'i Sectarianism in the Middle East: Modernisation and the Quest for Islamic Universalism
""Eisheva Machlis offers new and refreshing insights to Shii politics and intellectual activity in Iraq and Lebanon since World War One. In examining hitherto untapped sources, she skillfully analyzes how leading Shii scholars and political activists strove to break the boundaries of sectarianism and formulate broader Islamic universalism as well as harmonize modernity and science with religion. Machlis also sheds a new light on the links between these early reformist ideas and the universal Islamic message of the 1979 Iranian revolution. The book, which offers its readers with a rich and vibrant texture of Shii societies and thought, is essential to anyone interested in the history of Shiism, of Islam and of the history of Iraq and Lebanon.""  - Meir Litvak, Director, the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel

""Elisheva Machlis is to be thanked for a meticulous and fascinating examination of the thought of Shi`i clerics in Iraq and in Lebanon as they came to terms with modernity in the 20th century. She demonstrates convincingly that these experiences stimulated reformist and activist thought, generating ideas hitherto unfamiliar in clerical circles. In the present century when sectarian division is so much part of the landscape in the region, it is encouraging to study the example of these Shi`i clerics who were open not only to nationalism and anti-colonialism, but also to a truly ecumenical project within the Muslim community, aiming to bridge the divide between Sunni and Shi`i Islam."" - Charles Tripp, SOAS, University of London, UK
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