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Title [sv]
Alternativ till Khomeinistisk teokrati: Auktoritetsförhandlingar i samtida shiamuslimsk tanke och praktik
Title [en]
Alternatives to Khomeinist Theocracy: Negotiating Authority in Contemporary Shi´ite Thought and Practice
Abstract [sv]
The last decade bears witness to massive changes within Shi´ite Islam. The American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Cedar-revolution in Lebanon 2005, the domestic turmoil in Iran since 2009 and the so called Arab spring, are all developments that have empowered Shi´ite Muslims and triggered a process of self-evaluation among them. At the heart of this process lies the question of authority. Since the Islamic revolution of 1979, Shi´ite Islam has been dominated by Ayatollah Khomeini´s idea that Islamic jurists should wield direct political power. This idea, which is the fundamental constitutional principle of the Islamic Republic, is now put to question as Shi´ite Muslims - on the elite- as well as the grass-roots level - start to articulate and practice alternatives to Khomeinist theocracy. This project aims to study the different and changing attitudes to religious authority that are practiced and articulated among Shi´ites in Iran, the Arab world and Europe today. In order to get a comprehensive understanding of this complex process, we will use a multidisciplinary approach. The project will therefore study (1) the elite discourse of theologians by means of text- and discourse analysis, (2) the general views of grass-roots Shi´ites by means of quantitative sociological analysis of available datasets, and (3) the lived religion of individual Shi´ites by means of ethnography and in-depth interviews in Shi´ite environments in Iran, the Arab world and Europe.
Principal InvestigatorThurfjell, David
Coordinating organisation
Södertörn University
2013-01-01 - 2015-12-31
National Category
History of ReligionsHistory of Ideas
DiVA, id: project:1778Project, id: 2012-00822_VR

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