The author of ‘Justice and Remembrance; Introducing the Spirituality of Imam ‘Ali’, published by I. B. Tauris in association with The Institute of Ismaili Studies Dr Reza Shah-Kazemi, in interview discussed the nature of this important work, its themes and how he arrived at the point where he was able to put together the research and essential scholarship.
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What prompted you to write your book on Imam ‘Ali? What is it that inspired you?
Who is the target audience for this work? Were you writing for the academics or for the non-specialist readers?
This is the first serious study on the intellectuality and spirituality of Imam ‘Ali in a western language. Why do you think this topic was never addressed in English before?
In the chapter on conception of justice, you discuss the relationship between divine justice and human justice. Please tell us more about it?
You also devote a full chapter on the spiritual teachings of Imam ‘Ali and his influence on Sufism. Can you elaborate on this further?
Imam ‘Ali is an inspirational figure not only for the Shi‘as but all Muslims. How do you think your book will be received in the larger Muslim community?