The Interpretation of Miracles according to Mutahhari and Golshani: Comparative and Critical Notes

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In this essay, I scrutinize the interpretation of miracles advanced by Ayatollah Motahhari (1920-1979), the well-known Shi'a scholar; and Mehdi Golshani (1939-), a physicist and philosopher of science. The essay begins with a presentation of their viewpoints on the nature of miracles in the light of the broader philosophical discourse on the nature of miracles. This is followed by a comparative analysis of their viewpoints with a consideration of relevant Qur'anic passages and their philosophical relevance. Finally, it concludes with a discussion of the challenges inherent to their interpretations.


  • Stefano Bigliardi
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  • Islam and science, miracles, supernatural, Mutahhari, Golshani
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-288
JournalJournal of Shi'a Islamic Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch