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  1. Current or ex-PHD Students only - Mind maps

    some updates Decline_of_Shii_Intellectualism.pdf
  2. Current or ex-PHD Students only - Mind maps

    @Bakir if you check my last two posts on my blog from 6 months ago, it should give you an idea what the hypothesis is. I don't want to elaborate here as it might confuse some people. I think elaborating on methodology will come in the next phase of writing all of this up. This is meant to organise my thoughts on the major elements of the argument. You've got a point on the second comment, however I'm using the motivation branch as means to show that there is an alternative reading of religion, almost diametrically opposite to the current widely accepted view. Appreciate your inputs.
  3. Since this whole PhD proposal is taking way longer than I'd hoped, I've created a mind map in the hope it will focus my mind and speed up the process... and since it's related to Shi'ism thought i'd share here and get some feedback while I move onto the argument map... Only contribute and give your opinion/suggest changes/additions if you're an (ex) academic. cheers Decline_of_Shii_Intellectualism.pdf
  4. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    It's a critique of Shi'i scholarly methodology, not a refutation of Shi'ism. I don't don't believe in refuting the other, whoever they may be.
  5. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    Yes, I thought I've mentioned his name before: Seyyed Kamal Al Haydari, for starters, being an 'establishment' scholar (the establishment hates him) , and various 'banned' Arab modernist thinkers that you would probably not have heard of (like the Egyptian scholar Nasr Hamed Abu Zayed).
  6. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    Yeah that's going to take a while. I was planning to give you all an outline of the research I've done so far in the two posts I've started some months ago.. Didn't quite go to plan. In any case, I won't delineate anything in detail here until I've been accepted into a PhD, completed a proper research study on my chosen subject and published my book.... which might be a few years yet considering my age, family commitments etc... So don't hold your breath.
  7. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    No, the research is done, I just need to find a way to publish it.
  8. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    yes, I do indeed have a vested interest to prove the established narrative wrong.
  9. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    btw i did criticize the book in the post right above yours... did you even bother to read it?
  10. if you're stuck in a mindset of 'choseness', you won't be able to accept the fact that salvation will encompass a far larger selection of 'believers'... this tribalism must end, it's been the bane of humanity since the creation of all the worlds.
  11. Islam Without Allah? By Colin Turner

    Lol you got me fella. Well done. You are right. I am an advocate of the centrality of the Quran. And the orbitality of traditions. This 'some convert' that you belittle, has a name:Colin Turner, and he matters. He's a breath of fresh air in this time of staleness and intellectual irrelevance (caused by the hegemony of the past). Not that he will cause any change. His impact is negligible. But he has made an impact in Qom in some circles, and I'm trying to get my hands on another 'banned' book, this time by an iraqi thinker, I'll post about him and annoy you some more, Insha'Allah. This post was meant to show that there's another side to the story, proven historically, buried by the religious establishment, yet narrated through western eyes. It's fascinating really. Cheerio!
  12. Death of the Shi'i Intellectual Pt2-Death by chain

    Just over 4 months on this one. Good.
  13. Death of the Shi'i Intellectual Pt1 - Akhbarism

    Not quite 6 months since I posted this. Good.