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  • 6/15/2005

Shari'ati on Shari'ati and the Muslim Woman

ByAli Shari'ati, Laleh Bakhtiar

In Part 1, the life of Ali Shari'ati is seen through his own journals and letters as well as through the words of his first teacher, his father. Part 2, Shari'ati's compelling advice for the Muslim woman to know what is to be done as she seeks out her identity, consists of four lectures/essays:Woman in the Heart of Mohammad, The Islamic Modest Dress, Expectations from the Muslim WomanandFatima is Fatima. The book ends with an English guide to the 35 volumes of Shari'ati's Collected Works.

Ali Shari'ati (1933-1977), a contemporary Muslim social activist, devoted his life to paving the way for the return to what he and those who followed him believed to be a non-distorted Islam. In Part one,"Who wasAli Shari'ati?" his life is seen through his own journals and letters as well as through the words of his first teacher, his father, Muhammad Taqi Shari'ati. Part Two, Shari'ati's compelling advice for the Muslim woman to know what is to be done as she seeks out her identity, consists of four lectures/essays of Shari'ati's view of the Muslim woman."Woman in the Heart ofMohammad","The Islamic Modest Dress", and "Expectations from the Muslim Woman", are translated and published for the first time here. The fourth, "Fatima isFatima" has long been out of print.

Shari'ati left over 15,000 pages of lectures, letters, books and journals which were gathered together, divided into subjects and published from 1976-1986 in Persian in 35 volumes called The Collected Works. As no more than 500 pages of his works have been translated into English, the appendices address the need for a"Guide to Shari'ati's Collected Works" in order to give those interested in Shari'ati's ideas and his place in history an understanding of the extent and breadth of his work as well as an insight into his creative abilities which were so strong that the titles to be heard.

There are five additional indices given in the appendices in order to facilitate access to (A) the translated titles and (B) transliterated titles of the 35 volumes. In the third and fourth indices, every title that appears with the Collected Works (CW) is listed (C) alphabetically in translation and (D) transliteration followed by the number assigned to the work in the "Guide to Shari'ati's Collected Works". The fifth (E) is a list of the Dated Works According to Dates produced during his most prolific period of 1968-1972. Through this one can follow, day by day, the blossoming of the creative energies of this son of Islam andIran, a man about whomJean Paul Sartresaid,"I have no religion, but if I were to choose one, it would be that of Shari'ati's."

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