God and Man in Tehran: Contending Visions of the Divine from the Qajars to the Islamic Republic


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Columbia University Press
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6.3 X 1.1 X 9.1 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Hossein Kamaly is a scholar of the Middle East, focusing on the history of ideas. He has taught at Barnard College and Columbia University and lives in Larchmont, NY.


Hossein Kamaly's new book God and Man in Tehran represents a major event that should be and can be read profitably by those wishing to make sense of the intellectual roots of modern Iran as well as working through the dynamics and complexities of the Safavid period.--Hikmat: Texts, Translations, Thoughts, Philosophy, Literature, Shi'i Islam, Urdu, Persian, Iran, India
From the dawning of modernity around 1800 to the present, God and Man in Tehran expertly describes the diversity of reactions among Iranians to ideas in both their own tradition of learning and imported learning from the western world. Kamaly's extremely wide reading in primary sources in Persian, Arabic, French, and other languages enables him to describe these reactions in a wide range of cultural modes from poetry to scientific texts.--Roy Mottahedeh, Harvard University
A masterful mapping of the intellectual and spiritual currents that roiled Iran's capital for a century and a half before bursting forth in the Iranian Revolution.--Richard Bulliet, Columbia University
Hossein Kamaly is a scholar of unrivaled learning, a writer of quiet elegance. In his God and Man in Tehran he has written an exquisite rarity: An urban history of Almighty God. An earthly theology emerges from his capable hands that will make you hear the voice of God from the elegant urbanity of a nation. An utter delight to read!--Hamid Dabashi, Columbia University
The book is well written and researched, and will be an important resource for those interested in Islam in Iran.--Choice
A truly admirable synthesis of intellectual and religious history.--Journal of Religious History