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Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

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The Hesitant Officer

The Hesitant Officer

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(p.70) 7 The Hesitant Officer
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The Iranian Metaphysicals
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Alireza Doostdar

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.003.0008

This chapter introduces one of Sayyed Ahmad Yazdi's clients, a retired officer in the police force of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Brigadier General ʻAli Shirazi had overseen arrests of occult specialists like rammals and fortune-tellers on numerous occasions during his career. He was a deeply pious man and cognizant of the dangers of involving oneself with the occult. However, Shirazi himself had sought the assistance of occult specialists to tackle seemingly intractable problems, including one criminal case that he had solved with the help of an accused charlatan whose arrest he had ordered himself. The chapter considers the four ingredients to Shirazi's commitment to virtuous caution and highlights his case as evidence of tensions that exist between state governmental rationality on the one hand, and Islamic ethicolegal reasoning on the other.

Keywords:   police, Islamic Republic, Iran, ʻAli Shirazi, occult, rammal, virtuous caution, rationality, Islam, ethicolegal reasoning

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