Teo Lee Ken, who is currently doing his post-doctoral research in Iran, told IQNA that Dr Shariati’s importance for Southeast Asain academics is how he spoke about Islam and religion and how religion can improve society.
Dr Shariati (1933-1977) was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist figure who focused on the sociology of religion.
He is held as one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century and has been called by some as the “ideologue of the Iranian Revolution”.
Dr. Shariati constantly fought to create humanitarian values in the young generation. He vigorously tried to re-introduce the Quran and Islamic history to the youth so that they may find their true selves in all their human dimensions and fight all the decadent societal forces, according to shariati.com.
Dr. Shariati wrote many books. In his writings, he tried to present a clear and genuine picture of Islam. He strongly believed that if the intellectual and new generation realized the truth of this faith, attempts toward social change would be successful.
Watch IQNA’s interview with Malaysian scholar Teo Lee Ken below: