A Review of Difference of Opinion between Constitutionalist and Legitimist Olama (Scholars)

Hamidreza Esmaeili, SeyedJavadEmam Jome Zadeh, Hossain Masoudnia, Alireza Aghahosseini


There are two general theoriesin explaining the difference of opinion between theConstitutionalist and Legitimist scholars (Olama) in the history of ideas in the Constitutional period. Some researchers regard the main point of differencebetween two groups as their differentunderstanding of religion and Islam, and have founded the historicism of their own political thinking on this premise. On the other hand, some researchers have considered the reason for this difference not in different understanding of the religion but in the differentt views on the Constitutionalism. In other words, what made a distinction between two groups of the Constitutionalists and Legitimists was different interpretations and readings of the Constitutionalism rather than those of the religion. By the adoption of the first view, the current article seeks to analyze intellectual difference between the two groups based on the texts remained from these scholars.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n2s1p164

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