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BOOK SIGNING: The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani
February 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Come Join Persian Studies at UNC for a book signing event with Dr. Mateo Mohammad Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois) for his book, “The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani” (Syracuse University Press, 2015), winner of The International History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award 2016.
Where: Bull’s Head Bookshop
When: February 20, 2017
What time: 6:00-7:30pm
In this book presentation, Prof. Farzaneh will discuss the role of Islamic jurisprudence in political reform in Iran. Throughout the 1800s, Iran was challenged to politically modernize in order to undo the failed policies of its corrupt/absolutist monarchical system. Introduction of Western-style constitutionalism by secular Iranians brought about the establishment of the Islamic world’s first parliament in Iran in 1906. However, that was the beginning of a long struggle between the proponents and the opponents of rule of law as a new political reality. Mullah Muhammad Kazim Khurasani led a group of high-ranking Iranian Shiite clerics living in Iraq and began a transnational clerical movement in support of constitutionalism with the objective to sever the political influence of Muslim clerics and leaving “modern” politics to the elected parliamentarians. This talk is based on Prof. Farzaneh’s new book, The Iranian Constitutional Revolution and the Clerical Leadership of Khurasani.