Lauch of New Book- Imam Husain's Brothers In Arms by Ayt. Khamenei
Sydney, Australia, 26th June 2022 (25th DhulQa’da- Dahwul Ardh). Lantern Publications is proud to release the first translation of the seminal book by Sayyid Ali Khāmeneī. Imam Husayn’s Brothers in Arms consists of a series of ten lectures delivered by Ayatollah Khāmeneī in the month of Muharram of 1393 (September 1972), approximately seven years prior to the triumph of the Islamic Revolution of Iran.
The main thesis of the book goes against the millennial consensus of scholarly opinion that holds that the Imams were basically apolitical. Ayatollah Khāmeneī posits arguments based on scriptural as well as rational proofs of the politicism of all the Imams, stating that every one of the Imams was engaged in a concerted clandestine effort to overthrow the Umayyad and later Abbāsid political orders, the differences being one of tactics, which varied to suit the conditions current at the time. Ayatollah Khāmeneī in doing so, explores historical events analytically as well as unpacking critical theological beliefs of the Sh’īa around Imāmah, jihād and taqīya.
With the translation of these lectures, the English-speaking public can judge the cogency of Ayatollah Khāmeneī’s arguments for themselves on this most central issue in the political discourse of Islam. The reader will realize that it is not a thesis that can easily be dismissed, and that it is one that opens huge unexplored and highly stimulating insight into the revival of the political discourse in Islam.
This book is translated and annotated by Blake Archer Williams. Williams is an accomplished translator with over 40 titles to his name. He was a student of Islamic History under the guidance of Professor Hamid Algar at the University of California at Berkley and now dedicates his life to translating seminal works of the great scholars of Islam.
The book will be available for purchase in bulk for worldwide distribution from www.lanternpublications.com however preordering will commence a week before the release date.
Individual readers in the Asia Pacific Region will be able to order from www.shiabooks.com.au, those in the USA will be able to order from www.al-buraq.org and in the UK from www.houseoftaha.com.
Book Title: Imam Husain’s Brothers in Arms
Author: Sayyed Ali Khamenei
Translator: Blake Archer Williams
Publisher: Lantern Publications