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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 March 2023

Lloyd Ridgeon
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University of Glasgow
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In the late 1990s and early 2000s a sociopolitical movement emerged in the Islamic Republic of Iran that flirted with notions of pluralism, democracy, and associated ideas such as freedom of thought and expression, gender equality, and choice in matters of religion and which rejected the monosemous rigidity propounded by a powerful clique known within Iran as “Principlists” (osul-garāyān).1 This reformist movement encompassed secular thinkers, lay religious intellectuals, politicians within the governmental structures, and recognized political parties which began to emerge at this time. More significantly, one of the strongest roots among reformists developed within the seminary (hawza), and clerical supporters in this movement regarded their aim as a legitimate expression of Islam. Ultimately, the various groups coalesced and became associated with the Green Movement, which emerged as a result of the perception that the presidential elections of 2009 had been rigged.

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Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought
Rational Shariah in Twenty-First-Century Iran
, pp. 1 - 10
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Introduction
  • Lloyd Ridgeon, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought
  • Online publication: 30 March 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009322263.001
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  • Introduction
  • Lloyd Ridgeon, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought
  • Online publication: 30 March 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009322263.001
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  • Introduction
  • Lloyd Ridgeon, University of Glasgow
  • Book: Ahmad Qābel and Contemporary Islamic Thought
  • Online publication: 30 March 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009322263.001
Available formats
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