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1. What motivated you to write a book on Imam ‘Ali?2. Who is the target audience for this work?3. This is the first serious study on the intellectuality and spirituality of Imam ‘Ali in a western language. In your opinion, why was this topic never addressed in English before?4. Could you please elaborate on the relationship between divine and human justice discussed in your book?5. Could you please tell us about the spiritual teachings of Imam ‘Ali and his influence on Sufism?6. Imam ‘Ali is an inspirational figure for all Muslims. How do you think your book will be received in the larger Muslim community?*****
IIS Publishes Spiritual Quest: A Reflection on Quranic Prayer
The IIS is pleased to announce the publication of Spiritual Quest: A Reflection on Quranic Prayer According to the Teachings of Imam Ali, the third in the Occasional Papers Series. In this book, Dr Shah-Kazemi explores the role that the Qur’an plays in the daily lives of Muslims in the contemporary world. He argues that the Qur’an is thefountainhead of a form of wisdom that is perennially and universally relevant, far from being merely a ‘silent text’, as argued by those who do in fact treat the Qur’an as a historical artefact, akin to a holy relic to be examined from without by archaeologists or archivists.