This book Includes topics such as alliance and separation between religion and politics, duty of religious leaders, necessity of government in the absence of the 12th Imam (a), and Wilayat al-Faqih (Absolute Guardianship).
If we survey the development of political thought in Islam we would come to know that Muslim scholars, during the past hundred years, have developed new theories in the field of Islamic political thought in an unprecedented manner. Yet, some of them have not been successful in developing theories fit for running the affairs of their societies. But Imam Khomeini succeeded in bringing about a revolution and establishing the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus, it is necessary to delve into his ideas and examine his political thought for various reasons:
• Imam Khomeini’s thought laid the foundation of a great movement, i.e., the Islamic Revolution in Iran;
• With the culmination of the Islamic Revolution in Iran the oppressed peoples of the world, in general, and the Iranians, in particular, have been eagerly waiting to reap the fruits of the movement, hence, it should be studied thoroughly;
• Moreover, in order to keep the record of such a movement in the history, it is necessary to work out the ideas of a Mujtahid who, in the light of the Islamic teachings, could initiate a movement which led to the establishment of an Islamic system and he himself shouldered the leadership of the state for ten years.
The present paper is an attempt to elucidate the general principles of Imam Khomeini’s political thought. Although there have been a few works on his life, writings, movement, his sayings and speeches, hardly any serious book, has so far appeared on Imam Khomeini’s political thought.
Title: General Principles of Imam Khomeini’s Political Thought
Author: Kazem Qazi Zadeh
Translator: A.N Baqershahi
Publisher: AhlulBayt World Assembly
Pub. Date: 2014/10/11