Apr 12, 2008

Ali Shariati - Man and Islam

Ladies and Gentlemen: Tonight, as long as time permits, I would like to investigate the following questions: I. Does Islam recognize man as a helpless creature whose ultimate goal and ideal is to stand powerless in front of God? II. Does Islam recognize humanness as a nobility? III. Is helpiessness in man a pre-requisite of belief in Islam, or on the contrary, is belief in Islam enough to bestow originality upon man and a respect for his virtues?

Full text, part I and part II

Ali Shariati (Persian: علی شريعتی‎) (1933–1977) was an Iranian sociologist, well known and respected for his work in the field of sociology of religion. He is known as one of the most original and influential Iranian social thinkers of the 20th century.

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