• Approaches to the Qur’aninfo-icon in Contemporary Iran explores the importance of the reception of the Qur’an in the religious, intellectual, political and artistic discourses in modern and contemporary Iran, from the nineteenth century to the present.

    The chapters included in the volume have been written by some of the most authoritative specialists in the modern history of Iran. Their contributions span a wide range of subjects and themes, covering such varied ground as the examination of the trends in Qur’anic exegesis that are currently prominent in Iran, the use of Qur’anic themes in contemporary Iranian cinema, the concept of revelation as the basis of diverse political trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Sufi mystical interpretations of the Qur’an, the use of the Qur’an in the arts, the Qur’an as a living scripture in specific intellectual and social circles, and case studies of individual intellectuals.




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  • Dr Alessandro Cancian

    Alessandro Cancian is a Senior Research Associate in the Qur’anic Studies unit at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. He completed a PhD at the University of Siena in Anthropology, concentrating on the Cultural Anthropology of Muslim Societies and the Anthropology of Religion. His dissertation was on the Shi‘i theological colleges (hawza, ilmiyyas) in Syria. He is a review editor for the Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies , has edited and published articles and papers, contributed book chapters and encyclopaedia entries, and delivered numerous lectures. Dr Cancian’s areas of interest and...Read more