Wasatiyya discourse in Shi’i Islam : Ayatollah Montazeri and human rights jurisprudence

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Ghobadzadeh, Naser. (2022). Wasatiyya discourse in Shi’i Islam : Ayatollah Montazeri and human rights jurisprudence. Religions. 13(2), p. Article 126. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020126
AuthorsGhobadzadeh, Naser
Abstract

There are significant differences of opinion about the successes and failures of Iran’s clerical government, but it can hardly be disputed that the experience has led to the flourishing of Shīʿī political thought. In the past four decades, aided by government support, extensive literature has been produced endorsing the political theology of “governmental Shīʿism” conceptualized by Khomeini in the early 1970s. Numerous other schools of thought have also emerged in opposition to the militant Shīʿī interpretation of religion by governmental Shīʿism. Using the concept of Wasatiyyah to conceptualize the most important counter-discourse to governmental Shīʿism, this article addresses the life and thought of Ayatollah Montazeri, one of the most prominent Wasatiyyah thinkers. Focusing on the issue of human rights in Montazeri’s thought, the article seeks to demonstrate how Montazeri instigated a fundamental reform of the seminary episteme, and by doing so articulated intra-religious reasoning in favor of the promotion of modern concepts such as human rights.

KeywordsIran; Montazeri; governmental Shīʿism; Khomeini; religious episteme; human rights jurisprudence
Year2022
JournalReligions
Journal citation13 (2), p. Article 126
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
ISSN2077-1444
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13020126
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85124358320
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Deposited09 Jun 2022
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