Religious Debates on the Coronavirus Pandemic in Iran: Examination of their Discourses, Rationales, and Implications

Satoshi Abe, Saman Jamshidi, Saeed Rezaei

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Abstract

Iran was one of the lrst countries that was severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in the Middle East in February of 2020. What is unique about Iran is that religious leaders from the early stages have been involved with debates concerning its cause, preventive measures, and moral signilcance. Relying on textual analyses of media coverage, herein we examine religious debates in Iran that are increasingly gaining public attention amid the pandemic. Our analyses illuminate the styles of reasoning used by religious leaders to situate their understandings of the pandemic that are principally organized through the language of science. Our lndings include that religious leaders are receptive to modern science, but not unquestionably. The status, application, and development of modern science is contingently shaped by the discourses and practices of Islam that religious leaders lnd compelling based on what they regard as a proper understanding of Islam and Islamic medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-98
Number of pages22
JournalJournal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Religious studies

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