عنوان مقاله [English]
In all of his publications, Javad Tabatabai's core theme is "Iran as a philosophical issue/problem," This theme attracts him to many aspects of Iranian history, thought history, and political thought history. He considers a set of approaches and methods used for this purpose inappropriate and writes explicit refutations of them; methods, including historiographical, ideological, sociological, anti-modernist, literary, religious, orientalism, European Iranology, Western Academic Iranian studies, and spiritual method of unveiling the veiled. Now, what method and strategy did Tabatabai utilize to research Iran's history and political thought?
Tabatabai describes his approach as "philosophical," his writing style as "strategic," and his perspective on the history of political thought as "modernist thought" at times. Tabatabai's primary approach is the "method of the historical evolution of conceptions"; Tabatabai's most essential claim in utilizing such a method is to use the system of modernity's notions with the condition of ijtihad in those concepts. Tabatabai does not use a single method in his works, nor does he limit himself to dimensions and constraints of a single method, even though all of his works follow a general logic or a single approach