In this thorough study, Yousefi examines Ali Shari'ati, a leader who died before seeing the results of his fight against tyranny and injustice. The author begins in the twentieth century and shows how Ali Shari'ati established his own interpretations of Shi'ism, encouraging an Islam that was aware and alive in the midst of an unfair regime. Having actually experienced the Revolution in its first phases, the author details the takeover of Iran and the effects of the Revolution. Readers of this book will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the significance of the Persian Revolution and the powerful life of Ali Shari'ati. Contents: Preface and Acknowledgements; Introduction, Max Kortepeter; The Historical and Analytical Background; Introduction; The Pahlavis; The Discourse of Political Opposition; Ali Shari'ati, Islamic Renaissance and Persian Revolution; Ali Shari'sti's Thoughts on Islam; Alavid Shi'ism and Safavid Shi'ism; Summary and Conclusions; Bibliography.