By Sasan Tavassoli
The interface among the present Shi‘ite panorama and Christian pondering is of the best value for the transferring political and non secular dynamics of the center East. Sasan Tavassoli the following examines Iranian Shi‘ite thinkers’ encounters with Christian inspiration because the Islamic revolution of 1979, and gives perception into the cultural and highbrow weather surrounding Christian-Muslim discussion in modern Iran. The literature on Christianity in Iran unearths a variety of techniques and attitudes, and Tavassoli demonstrates that conventional polemics are giving strategy to a extra descriptive and subjective figuring out of Christian concept. He additionally stories Muslim-Christian discussion and examine performed and supported through governmental in addition to non-governmental firms, and gives a detailed exam, with interviews, of the paintings of 3 renowned liberal non secular intellectuals--Abdol Karim Soroush, Mostafa Malekian and Mojtahed Shabestari. putting modern Shi‘ite proposal within the large historic context of pre- and post-revolution Iran, Tavassoli relates concrete non secular, cultural and socio-political realities to the topics and orientations within the most recent part of the Shi‘i Islam-Christianity come upon, and gives clean perception into the dynamism of up to date Islam and the non secular complexities of the Muslim international.
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We both have a great reverence and love for Mary and her son, Jesus, upon them be peace. We believe in his virgin birth and await his second coming. indd 25 3/22/2011 12:48:12 PM 26 Christian Encounters with Iran We both share great concerns about the challenges of living a life of faith today, caused by the contemporary culture of materialism and secularism. I believe in a complete harmony between all divine revelations and prophecies. . As a Muslim I have no need to deny Jesus or his mission.
However, it does not appear to be too far-fetched to suggest that a collective approach toward these problems stands a better chance of success than individual initiatives. 118 One of the acute challenges facing the modern Iranian society is the youth population of Iran. ”120 Thus, it seems quite plausible that some of the Iranian Muslim thinkers are interested in learning from the experiences of the Church in the secular Western societies in order to see what lessons they can have for the future of Islam in the Iranian society.
Felt threatened enough to call for their elimination. 90 In later centuries, despite sporadic persecutions by the opposing authorities Christianity continued to grow in the empire. Foltz writes, Not until after the elevation of Zoroastrianism by the Sasanian government in the late third century would Christianity be treated in Iran as a suspect faith. But even the Sasanians recognized Christianity as a legitimate religion well before Emperor Constantine legalized it in the Roman Empire in 313 CE.