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The Iranian Metaphysicals: Explorations in Science, Islam, and the Uncanny

Alireza Doostdar


What do the occult sciences, séances with the souls of the dead, and appeals to saintly powers have to do with rationality? Since the late nineteenth century, modernizing intellectuals, religious leaders, and statesmen in Iran have attempted to curtail many such practices as “superstitious,” instead encouraging the development of rational religious sensibilities and dispositions. However, far from diminishing the diverse methods through which Iranians engage with the immaterial realm, these rationalizing processes have multiplied the possibilities for metaphysical experimentation. This book ex ... More

Keywords: occult, Iran, immaterial realm, Shiʻi Islam, rationality, Islamic Republic, spirituality, science, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163772
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alireza Doostdar, author
University of Chicago