After Khomeini: Iran Under His Successors

By Said Amir Arjomand

For lots of americans, Iran is our most deadly enemy--part of George W. Bush's "axis of evil" even ahead of the looks of Ahmadinejad. yet what's the truth? How did Ahmadinejad upward push to strength, and what sort of strength does he particularly have? What are the probabilities of normalizing relatives with Iran?

In After Khomeini, Saïd Amir Arjomand paints a refined and perceptive portrait of up to date Iran. This paintings, a sequel to Arjomand's acclaimed The Turban for the Crown, examines Iran less than the successors of Ayatollah Khomeini as much as the current day. He starts off, because the Islamic Republic did, with Khomeini, providing a super tablet biography of the guy who masterminded the revolution that overthrew the Shah. Arjomand attracts transparent differences among the moderates of the preliminary word of the revolution, radicals, pragmatists, and hardliners, the latter most sensible exemplified via Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Taking a chronological and thematic method, he lines the emergence and consolidation of the current process of collective rule by way of clerical councils and the peaceable transition to twin management via the ayatollah because the ultimate consultant and the subordinate president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He explains the interior political quarrels between Khomeini's heirs as a fight over his innovative legacy. And he outlines how the ruling clerical elite and the nation's safety forces are interdependent politically and economically, speculating at the strength destiny function of the innovative Guards. Bringing the paintings as much as present political occasions, Arjomand analyzes Iran's international coverage besides, together with the effect of the autumn of Communism on Iran and Ahmadinejad's nuclear policy.

Few international locations loom greater in American international kin than Iran. during this wealthy and insightful account, knowledgeable on Iranian society and politics untangles the complexities of a state nonetheless driving the turbulent wake of 1 of history's nice revolutions.

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Temporary Marriage in Islamic Law

By Sachiko Murata - XKP

The current paintings is predicated on an MA dissertation accomplished in 1974 lower than the path of Professor Abu 'l-Qasim Gurji of the school of Theology at Tehran collage (most of the Persian textual content used to be released less than the identify Izdiwaj-i muwaqqat: (mut'a-sigha)


One significant objective of the current examine is to track the starting place of this divergence among Sunni and Shi'i legislations by means of going again to the resources and arguments on either side. A moment objective is to explain the felony scenario of mut'a in Shi'ism.




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The Human Cycle - Eighteen Lessons with Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Jalali

This article is a compilation of the notes that the writer gathered in the course of classes with Sayyid Muhammad Jalali in regards to the education and upbringing of children.This ebook is among the many Islamic guides allotted by means of Ahlulbayt association in the course of the international in numerous languages with the purpose of conveying the message of Islam to the folk of the realm. Ahlulbayt association ( is a registered association that operates and is continued via collaborative efforts of volunteers in lots of nations worldwide, and it welcomes your involvement and help. Its goals are various, but its major objective is to unfold the reality in regards to the Islamic religion normally and the Shi`a college of proposal particularly because of the latter being misrepresented, misunderstood and its tenets usually assaulted by means of many ignorant parents, Muslims and non-Muslims. Organization’s goal is to facilitate the dissemination of information via an international medium, the web, to destinations the place such assets should not ordinarily or simply available or are resented, resisted and fought! additionally, for a whole checklist of our released books please consult with our site ( or ship us an e-mail to

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Lessons from Qur'an

By Mohsin Qaraati - XKP

The ebook in hand is the compilation of the sequence of lectures that have been dropped at a decide upon team of younger males over an extended time period by way of Professor Mohsin Qara'ati.

The sequence of lectures contained during this ebook were in line with Qur'anic verses and the sayings of the Holy Prophet and his selected descendants (peace be on them) with logical conclusions and connotations of the subject-matter being handled therein. unexpected phrases and pointless info were kept away from. one other noteworthy aspect worth-mentioning is that those classes have been essentially addressed to and intended for the scholars who have been approximately 18 years of age.

Besides, the issues which have been mentioned in those classes have been solved via mentioning examples and quoting proverbs. as a result, the issues seem to be attention-grabbing and the answer bought via good judgment and reasoning are simply understood.

In end, this ebook offers with all of the very important difficulties that confront our more youthful new release. we are hoping that this entire ebook also will support those who find themselves engaged in educating and studying the foundations of Islam. We pray to Almighty Allah to provide us adequate energy to acquaint the folks in huge numbers with the lessons of Islam.


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A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West

By Ian Johnson

In the wake of the scoop that the 9-11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson puzzled how any such radical staff may well sink roots into Western soil. so much bills reached again 20 years, to U.S. help of Islamist opponents in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly battle, uncovering the untold tale of a gaggle of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of international battle II. There, that they had been shaped right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda computer. As that conflict ended and the chilly battle started, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for regulate of this influential staff, and on the middle of the covert tug of struggle was once a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam’s first beachhead within the West.

Culled from an array of resources, together with newly declassified files, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of a number of key avid gamers: a Nazi pupil became postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with participants of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males desirous to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. a unprecedented ground-level examine chilly battle spying and a revelatory account of the West’s first, disastrous come upon with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as eye-catching because it is important to our realizing the blunders we're nonetheless making in our dating with Islamists at the present time

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Freedom - The Unstated Facts and Points

By Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi - XKP

The useful legacy left in the back of by means of the Holy Prophet’s loved ones [ahl al-bayt] (may peace be upon all of them) and their followers’ upkeep of this legacy from the risk of extinction is an ideal instance of an all-encompassing college [maktab], which embraces the various branches of the Islamic wisdom and has been capable of educate a number of the proficient personalities through quenching them with this gushing-forth fountain.

This university has provided students to the Muslim ummah who, through following the Holy Prophet’s family (‘a),[1] have occupied the station of clarifying the doubts and skepticisms introduced forth through a few of the creeds and highbrow currents either inside and out the Muslim society, and in the course of the previous centuries, they've been the presenters of the firmest solutions and recommendations to those doubts.

Anchored at the obligations it really is shouldering, the Ahl al-Bayt (‘a) global meeting has embarked upon protecting the sanctity of risa-lah [messengership] and its genuine beliefs—truths that have consistently been hostile through the chiefs and leaders of the anti-Islamic sects, religions and trends.

In this sacred direction, the meeting regards itself as a follower of the upright scholars of the Ahl al-Bayt’s (‘a) school—those who've regularly been able to refute these accusations and calumnies and feature attempted to be constantly within the frontline of this fight at the foundation of the expediencies of time and house.

The studies during this box, which were preserved within the books of the students of the Ahl al-Bayt’s (‘a) institution, are precise of their personal right.

It is simply because those reports were dependent upon wisdom [‘ilm] and the preeminence of mind and reasoning, and even as, without any iota of blind prejudices in addition to whims and caprices. those stories deal with the specialists, students and thinkers in this sort of demeanour that's appropriate to a fit brain and the natural human ordinary disposition [fit.rah].

In a bid to help those who find themselves in the hunt for fact, the Ahl al-Bayt (‘a) global meeting has endeavored to go into the hot section of those worthwhile studies in the framework of study and writing works of the modern Shi‘ah writers or those that, throughout the divine counsel, embraced this noble school.

This meeting is usually engaged within the learn and booklet of the dear works of the pious predecessors and notable Shi-‘ah personalities in order that those who find themselves thirsty of fact may perhaps quench their thirst from this fresh fountain by means of listening and embracing this fact, which the Holy Prophet’s loved ones (‘a) has provided as present to the whole world.



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Tears for Kerbala

By Dr. Liakat Dewji - XKP

resenting young children with conventional majaalis (lectures) of the twelve days of Muharram. specific biographies of partners and relatives of Imam Husayn (a), and debts of the occasions prior to and after the day of 'Ashura.



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Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems

By Fatema Mernissi

Throughout my youth, my grandmother Yasmina, who was once illiterate and grew up in a harem, repeated that to go back and forth is easy methods to study and to empower your self. "When a girl comes to a decision to take advantage of her wings, she takes enormous risks," she may inform me, yet she used to be confident that if you happen to didn't use them, it hurt....

So remembers Fatema Mernissi on the outset of her enchanting new ebook. Of all of the classes she discovered from her grandmother — whose domestic used to be, in spite of everything, a kind of felony — the main vital used to be that the chance to pass limitations was once a sacred privilege. certainly, in trips either actual and psychological, Mernissi has spent almost all of her lifestyles touring — decided to "use her wings" and to give up her gender's alleged legacy of powerlessness.

Bursting with the energy of Mernissi's character and of her wealthy background, Scheherazade is going West unearths the author's specific reviews as a liberated, self sustaining Moroccan girl confronted with the peculiarities and unforeseen encroachments of Western tradition. Her frequently miraculous discoveries in regards to the stipulations of and attitudes towards girls all over the world — and the exquisitely embroidered amalgam of clear-eyed autobiography and superb meta-fiction wherein she relates these diversified discoveries — upload as much as a deliciously wry, engagingly cosmopolitan, and deeply penetrating narrative.
In her prior bestselling works, Mernissi — widely known because the world's maximum dwelling Koranic pupil and Islamic sociologist — has shed remarkable mild at the lives of ladies within the center East. Now, as a author and scholarly veteran of the high-wire act of straddling disparate societies, she trains her eyes at the girl tradition of the West.

For her book's encouraged significant metaphor, Mernissi turns to the traditional Islamic culture of oral storytelling, illuminating her grandmother's feminized, subversive, and hugely erotic tackle Scheherazade's wife-preserving stories from The Arabian Nights — after which ingeniously utilising them to her personal lyrically adorned own narrative. Interwoven with bright ruminations on her early life, her schooling, and her a number of overseas travels are the author's piquant musings on more than a few deeply embedded societal stipulations that upload up, Mernissi argues, to a veritable "Western harem."

A provocative and full of life problem to the typical assumption that ladies have it loads higher within the West than at any place else on the planet, Mernissi's booklet is an entrancing and well timed examine the best way we are living the following and now. through inspiring us to think again even the main common features of our tradition with clean eyes and a hefty dose of suspicion, Scheherazade is going West deals an invigorating, candid, and exciting new viewpoint at the subject matters and ideas to which Betty Friedan first grew to become us on approximately 40 years in the past.

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Hadith Al Thaqalayn (A Study of Its Tawatur)

Imam Khumayni begun his wasiyyah or will with the point out of this practice of the Prophet (S), referred to as Hadith al­ Thaqalayn. within the prologue to his wasiyyah he mentioned that no matter what tragedies and failures occurred the Muslim international over the last fourteen centuries were normally as a result of its estrangement from the Thaqalayn, the twofold legacy of the Prophet (S) within the type of the Qur'an and the Ahl al­Bayt (A). The that means of Tawatur: As we all know, the culture or ahadith of the Holy Prophet (S) recorded within the books of Muslim traditionists start with chains of transmitters on whose authority the traditionalist studies the Prophet's acts or statements. specialists of hadith among Muslims have built definite standards for assessing the reliability of alternative chains of transmission and ascertaining the authenticity of the contents of traditions. they've got constructed a terminology with phrases denoting numerous classifications of hadith reckoning on the nature, energy or weak point of narrators and different components, reminiscent of mutawatir, ahad, sahih, hasan, qawi, da`if, and so on. by way of tawatur is intended the multiplicity of the resources of a undeniable record that ends up in certitude within the listener that the file is certainly real. One's wisdom of the lifestyles of far away international locations and cities and such historic figures as Cyrus or Napolean could be acknowledged to be according to the tawatur of stories that one hears approximately them. So is also one's wisdom of the modern occasions no longer witnessed through him.This booklet is likely one of the many Islamic courses allotted via Ahlulbayt association in the course of the global in several languages with the purpose of conveying the message of Islam to the folk of the realm. Ahlulbayt association ( is a registered association that operates and is continued via collaborative efforts of volunteers in lots of international locations all over the world, and it welcomes your involvement and aid. Its goals are a variety of, but its major objective is to unfold the reality in regards to the Islamic religion commonly and the Shi`a college of idea specifically as a result of the latter being misrepresented, misunderstood and its tenets usually assaulted by means of many ignorant parents, Muslims and non-Muslims. Organization’s objective is to facilitate the dissemination of data via an international medium, the web, to destinations the place such assets are usually not normally or simply obtainable or are resented, resisted and fought! furthermore, for an entire record of our released books please seek advice from our web site ( or ship us an e mail to

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The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State

By Noah Feldman

Perhaps no different Western author has extra deeply probed the sour fight within the Muslim international among the forces of faith and legislations and people of violence and lawlessness as Noah Feldman. His scholarship has outlined the stakes within the heart East this present day. Now, during this incisive publication, Feldman tells the tale in the back of the more and more renowned demand the institution of the shari'a--the legislation of the normal Islamic state--in the trendy Muslim world.

Western powers name it a danger to democracy. Islamist hobbies are profitable elections on it. Terrorists use it to justify their crimes. What, then, is the shari'a? Given the severity of a few of its provisions, why is it well known between Muslims? Can the Islamic nation succeed--should it? Feldman finds how the classical Islamic structure ruled via and used to be legitimated through legislation. He exhibits how govt energy was once balanced by way of the students who interpreted and administered the shari'a, and the way this stability of strength was once ultimately destroyed by way of the tragically incomplete reforms of the trendy period. the outcome has been the unchecked govt dominance that now distorts politics in such a lot of Muslim states. Feldman argues smooth Islamic country may provide political and criminal justice to modern-day Muslims, yet provided that new associations emerge that restoration this constitutional stability of power.

The Fall and upward thrust of the Islamic State offers us the sweeping historical past of the conventional Islamic constitution--its noble beginnings, its downfall, and the renewed promise it can carry for Muslims and Westerners alike. In a brand new advent, Feldman discusses advancements in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and different Muslim-majority international locations because the Arab Spring and describes how Islamists needs to meet the problem of stability if the hot Islamic states are to succeed.

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