I was honored to have the opportunity to work with Muhammad Sadegh Abdollahi at Javan newspaper in Iran to discuss my work and thoughts on the revolutionary thinker Ali Shariati, who Seyed Javad Miri and I published a book about a few years ago: Ali_Shariati (Haymarket Books). Ali Shariati was intensely influential in shaping the revolutionary mentality of the Iranian people prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. Sadly, he died in 1977, never seeing his people emancipated from the U.S. installed dictator, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah. Nevertheless, Shariati’s intellectual influence lives on within all those who struggle to liberate their nations from oppression, and his philosophical and sociological works remain a vital source of new thinking for both Muslim and non-Muslim scholars, academics, and activists.
In the interview for Javan newspaper, we also discussed my new book, “Critical Theory of Religion: From the Frankfurt School to Emancipatory Islamic Thought,” published by Ekpyrosis Press, and available on Amazon.com: Critical-Religion Softcovers are available for $28 and hardcovers will be available soon. Buy your copy now while supplies last!