Ayatullah Murtaza Mutahhari is one of the principal architects of the new Islamic consciousness in Iran. Mutahhari was born on February 2, 1920, near Mashhad.He studied Fiqh, Usool, Tafsir and Islamic philosophy.He studied in Qum from 1944 until his departure for Tehran in 1952. In Qum he was among the prime desciples of Allama Tabatabai and Imam Khomeini. The particular school of philosophy to which Mutahhari adhered was that of Mulla Sadra whichis a theosophy called "sublime philosophy". In 1952, Mutahhari left Qum for Tehran and started teaching philosophy and Islamic Ideology in Seminaries and later at Tehran University.In Tehran, Mutahhari found a broader field of religious education and political activity. Ayatullah Mutahhari is one of two or three great contemporary Islamic thinkers of Iran. He was acquainted with modern ideologies and presented the Islamic perspectives in different spheres. His thought is internally consistent.His books may be considered as most lasting and important contribution to the rebirth of Islamic Iran.
This application consists of his famous lectures collection on Ashura. This is a translation of a series of four sermons delivered by the author during the month of Muharram of 1389 H. (March 1969) on the topic of the meaning and significance of 'Ashura' and the martyrdom of Imam Husayn (a) at Karbala.
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