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Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran

Mysticism and the Plurality of Meaning: Case of the Ismailis of Rural Iran
Rafique H. Keshavjee

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To what extent does mysticism require a withdrawal from the world? Is there a contradiction between the demands of contemplation and those of an active, responsible life? Is the mystical perspective antagonistic to the intellect? These are some of the issues examined in this book. Rafique Keshavjee uses as a case study the Ismailis of rural Iran, whose ideas and actions question the notion that Islamic mysticism is necessarily passive and other-worldly. His findings question the notion that Muslim life entails submission to any monolithic set of beliefs and practices.

Author Info

Rafique H. Keshavjee was formerly affiliated with the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London.

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: I.I.S. Occasional Papers

ISBN: 9781860642319
Publication Date: 15 Mar 1998
Number of Pages: 96
Height: 216
Width: 138

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