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Author:Ayatullah Muhammad Taqi Misbah Yazdi

Publisher:ABWA Publishing and Printing Center

Publishing Date: 2006






Chapter 1: The Various Meanings of Freedom

• The Importance of Understanding the Various Meanings of Freedom 

• Freedom as existential freedom 

• Freedom as “freewill” 

• Freedom as “the lack of attachment” 

• Freedom vis-à-vis “slavery” 

• Freedom in the legal and political parlance: mastery over one’s destiny 

Chapter 2: Freedom from the Viewpoint of Islam

• The Need for the Restraining Law 

• The Difference between Moral and Legal Laws 

• The Divine and Atheistic Cultures and the Difference of Their Perspectives on Law

• The Three Pillars of the Western Culture 

• The Fundamental Clash between the Western Culture and Islamic Culture 

• The Difference between the Islamic and Western Perspectives on the Scope of Freedom 

• The Preeminence of the Spiritual and Religious Interests over the Material Interests 

• The Natural Law School 

• The Limit of Human Rights in the West 

• The Emergence of Contradictions on the Limit of Freedom 

• The Realm of Freedom in the Human Rights Declaration 

• The Problems of Categorizing Freedom in the West 


Chapter 3: The Freedom of Belief and Expression

• Freedom of Belief as an Affair beyond the Realm of Law 

• The Freedom of Expression in the West: From Slogan to Reality 

• The Islamic View on the Freedom of Expression and the Press 

• First Exposition 

• Second Exposition 

• Non-spoken and Media Expression 

• The Responsibility of Expression 

• The Freedom to Ask 

Chapter 4: Clarification of Doubts

• Doubt 1: Mandatory laws are against the demand of humanity. 

• Doubt 2: The government’s imposition of limitations is against the demand of freedom. 

• Doubt 3: The need for obeying God and the Prophet is against the demand of the Qur’anic verses. 

• The Reason behind the Difference between the Two Approaches in the Qur’an 

• Doubt 4: The imposition of limitations in actions is against the demand of the natural law. 

• Doubt 5: Religion cannot impose limit on freedom. 

• Doubt 6: Servitude is against the demand of the natural disposition [fit_rah] of man. 

• “Real Ownership” [malikiyyat-e i‘tibari] and “Delegated Ownership” [malikiyyat-e i‘tibari] 

• The Requisite of Divine Godhood as Cosmic and Religious Lordship 

• Doubt 7: The era of duty-centeredness has ended and the modern man is in pursuit of his rights

• The Background of Those Who Rebelled against God Adherence to God and Freedom 

• Doubt 8: The demand of the Divine Vicegerency [khilafatullah] means absolute freedom of man. 

• Doubt 9: Creating ambiguity in defining the legitimate freedom. 

• Doubt 10: Observance of the religious precepts is against the demand of the sovereignty of man over his own destiny. 


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