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Islamic Studies
ISLA 210
Laila Parsons

APRIL 4, 2012: Conference In Mantle of the Prophet what is the significance of the friendship between Ali Hashemi and Parviz?  It can tell us something about society and the lead up to the Revolution.  Ali Hashemi was religion and studied religion in childhood, and studied with Khomeini for a bit. He also spent time studying in Qom, which is a very significant city in terms of religious study. He was opposed to the secularization so he was for the change and the revolution.  Parviz was leftist, (communist), good with math and numbers. Hasemi was wordy, more literature-related, both are from somewhat upper middle class families  Both Hashemi and Parviz were against the Shah (from different perspectives- Hashemi was more religious- not that Parviz was secular, which is a common misconception about leftists-)  Hashemi was sent to jail because he wrote this article on Che Guevara (bringing leftist ideals in line with religious ones, creating an interesting comparison)  Both were sent to jail- Parviz was in jail for writing something called “The Sermons of Ali (?)” How does Mantle of the Prophet present the differences between secular and religious education in Iran?  For Taha Hussein, he didn’t like the rituals and repetitions in religious teachings, and there was no discussion and analysis. Whereas in Iran, it was the secular system that was repetitive and no discussion while the religious system had more discussion. How does Ali Hashemi perceive the Westernization of Iran under the Shah?  When he goes to Tehran, page 273 he talks about his thoughts on this What is Vilayet al-Faqih and why is it important?  Until Khomeni, the Uluma were not involved in politics.  Khomeini invented vilayet al-Faqih, which is rule of the jurist  In the past, the jurists were like the bridge between the Imams and the public, but with this the jurists could now rule on behalf of the Imams until they return.  Before this, the governments were not really seen as legitimate because they didn’t have a right to rule.  Vilayet al-Faqih is somewhat of a paradox, it is creating a legitimate government (legitimizing his own government) th  It k
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