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Justice and Remembrance: Introducing the Spirituality of Imam Ali

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Ali b. Abi Talib, son-in-law and cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, first Shi'i imam and fourth caliph, is a monumental figure within the Islamic tradition. But despite the immense importance of Imam Ali, there is a dearth of literature in Western languages about his life and thought. This book -- the first serious engagement in English with the intellectual principles underp ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by I. B. Tauris (first published 2006)
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Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
يبدو الكتاب من عنوانه للوهلة الأولى كأي كتاب دعوي عادي ، عند من لا يعرف مؤلفه ، يستدر التراث ، أو يستجدي الماضي ، كأي كتاب يحمل الحاضر إلى الماضي أو العكس بلا هدف واضح ، والحق أن عامة الأعمال الدعوية ، وخاصة الدوغمائية منها ، لاتسلم من تلك المثلبة ، إلا أن كتابنا هذا ، كتاب متميز بحق ، سعى فيه المؤلف رضا شاه كاظمي لتحليل مجموعة رئيسية من نصوص تراث الإمام علي ليفهم منها ، ويفهمنا معنيين من أكثر المعاني أهمية في التراث الإسلامي ، هما العدل والذكر ، بشكل ميتافيزيقي يشكّل نظرية عامة للنظرة الأخلاقية ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading this book for a long time and finally got to the third and last part which was the one that I was keenest to read as it deals with the mystical aspects of Islam - in particular the practice of Dhikr, the veils of creation, Sufism, and so on. Reading this, by chance, in conjunction with the first part of Metzinger's "Ego Tunnel" which deals with the ineffable in consciousness theory (drawing on philosophy and neuroscience) made this reading all the more enriching. I'd strongly r ...more
A little hard to read. Takes a long time to understand many of the topics. However, a perfect companion for the lonely traveler.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shah-Kazemi meditates powerfully on the spiritual and material dimensions of the Imam—as a political harbinger of divine justice, as a portal through which divine names flow, as a mirror reflecting the divine face. This was a slow, dense read for me, and sometimes difficult to metabolize—I think I’ll be revisiting this one again.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In God, justice means that everything is in its right place, whereas for man justice entails the *effort* to put everything in its right place: an immutable metaphysical quality on the divine side, and a dynamic, volitive effort on the human side."

The crystal clear affirmation that religion without social and personal justice is not religion, that you cannot opt out when you see injustices happening -- one of the best things about this entire analysis.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
brillinat book. talks about sufism a greata deal. the justice he refers to is about putting thing in their right place. our vertical relationship with god if in the right palce will put our horizontal relationships with the rest of mankind in their right palce. remembrance is about remembering god so much that you are forgotten, let the caller adn the called disappear. be lost in the call. some amazing lines from Imam Ali in this ... one of the best philosophers, if not the best that i have ever ...more
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Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi writes on a range of topics from metaphysics and doctrine to contemplation and prayer. He is presently a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, where, amongst other projects, he has been working on a new, annotated translation of Nahj al-Balagha, the discourses of Imam ‘Ali. Dr. Shah-Kazemi is also the founding editor of the Islamic World Report. His ...more

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