National Library Displays Foreign Publishers’ Books on Iran, Islam

The collection composed of 260 books was purchased by the NLAI at the 28th Tehran International Book Fair during May, NLAI Deputy Director Gholamreza Amirkhani said at the opening ceremony of the ten-day exhibition.

“We saw the scarcity of books on these subjects in the country,” he stated.

He added, “Frankly, we can say that the studies conducted by Western scholars on Islam and Iran are more comprehensive and deeper than ours.”

“A good example of this fact is U.S. scholar Michael Cook’s ‘Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in Islamic Thought’, for which he used over 1600 sources from Shia and Sunni books on fiqh.

"We should accept that the studies conducted at reliable research centers in the West are better than those we carry out in the country.”

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