Reviews

Adapting to Contemporary Islam

By : Bahman Nirumand, © Qantara.de 2003, Translation from German: Aingeal Flanagan Published: 18.12.2003 - Last modified: 19.01.2005   Is Islamic law compatible with democracy and human rights? One of Iran’s best-known reformist clerics has an answer to this question – an answer that challenges Islamic orthodoxy. Journalist Bahman Nirumand reports on a progressive and uncomfortable reformist theologian. Born in 1959, Mohsen Kadivar originally wanted to be an electronic engineer. However, after only a few semesters, he turned his back on the Technical University in the south Iranian city of…
kadivarad33
2003/12/18
Reviews

Critics Within: Islamic Scholars’ Protests agaist the Islamic State in Iran

    Kurzman, Charles; Critics Within: Islamic Scholars’ Protests agaist the Islamic State in Iran; an Islamic Reformation? Edited by: Michealle Browers and Charles Kurzman;(Lexington Books, New York, 2004); chap 4, pp. 88-89.   Abstract Islamic scholarship, in Iran and elsewhere, has a long tradition of debate and critique. This tradition has come to pose a challenge to the constitutional order of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as a number of seminary-trained scholars have applied their critical methods to basic issues of state legitimacy, in particular the state's right to…
kadivarad33
2003/12/17
Interviews

Young Iranians demonstrate against president, give, conservatives an opening

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson TEHRAN, Iran - Bloody confrontations between freedom-seeking student protesters and hard-line vigilantes rocking the Islamic Republic this past week likely have delivered a fatal blow to the once wildly popular political and social reform movement of President Mohammed Khatami. Disillusioned young Iranians who used to cling to Khatami's vision of an Islamic democracy achieved by peaceful means are now calling for his resignation, chanting his name along with those of the right-wing clerical rulers they seek to depose. Khatami, on the other hand, whose picture students…
kadivarad33
2003/06/15
Interviews

As Iraqi Clerics Go Home, Talk of Schism With Shiite Hard-Liners in Iran

QUM, Iran, April 26 — A black-turbaned Iraqi cleric, his belongings packed in a small blue bag sitting at his feet, led about 50 clerics in prayer. Kneeling on red Persian rugs, the men, many of whom who had spent the last two decades in Iran, gathered to catch the train that would take them to Iraq. "I am going first to Kazemein for a pilgrimage and then will go to Baghdad to find a home for my family," said Muhammad Hassani, a 52-year-old mid-ranking cleric, who had lived in…
kadivarad33
2003/04/28
Interviews

Iranian democracy alive but weak

By Trudy Rubin QOM, Iran _ The liveliest debate about the relationship between Islam and democracy is going on inside a theocracy. Inside Iran. This debate matters as America prepares to go to war with neighboring Iraq. The White House hopes the demise of Saddam Hussein will prod Arab rulers toward democracy. But if Arab regimes implode, the most likely beneficiaries will be the Islamists rather than the thin layer of Arab liberals. Yet there's little serious debate in the Middle East on whether Islam can be melded with democracy.…
kadivarad33
2003/02/08