The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam

Religion, Political Order, and Societal Change in Shi'ite Iran from the Beginning to 1890

Said Amir Arjomand

The Shadow of God and the Hidden Imam
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Said Amir Arjomand

368 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1984
Paper $32.00 ISBN: 9780226027845 Published November 2010
Dismissing oversimplified and politically charged views of the politics of Shi'ite Islam, Said Amir Arjomand offers a richly researched sociological and historical study of Shi'ism and the political order of premodern Iran that exposes the roots of what became Khomeini's theocracy.
American Historical Review
“This is an important book. . . . Arjomand has certainly challenged much contemporary Western scholarship and made an important contribution to the continuing debate on the subject of religion and politics in [Shi’ite] Islam.”
New Republic
"This book deserves to be read by anyone concerned with the relationship between religion and state in Iran and Islam."
Contemporary Sociology
"A remarkable achievement in providing a sustained, solid theoretical perspective on a massive movement in modern Islamic studies, while advancing the sociological study of Islam to an unsurpassed level. . . . Supported by an impressive and unprecedented analytical examination of theological and juridical texts."
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