Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Iranian MetaphysicalsExplorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Alireza Doostdar

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM PRINCETON SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.princeton.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Princeton University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PRSO for personal use.date: 21 May 2022

The Hesitant Officer

The Hesitant Officer

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

Alireza Doostdar

Princeton University Press

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

Princeton Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.