Reviews

Religious Modernity in Iran: Dilemmas of Islamic Democracy in the Discourse of Mohammad Khatami

    Vahdat, Farzin; Religious Modernity in Iran: Dilemmas of Islamic Democracy in the Discourse of Mohammad Khatami, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Duke University Press, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2005, p.652. During the first few years after the election of Mohammad Khatami to the presidency of the Islamic Republic in 1997, pro-democracy groups and individuals experienced an episode of euphoria and enthusiasm that soon turned into despair and apathy. As early as the first term of his tenure, Khatami’s promises of freedom, civil society, and the…
kadivarad33
2005/11/03
Articles

The Innovative Political Ideas and Influence of Mullā Muhammad Kāzim Khurāsānī

“The Innovative Political Ideas and Influences of Mulla Muhammad Kazim Khurasani,” Annals of Japan Association for Middle East Studies (AJAMES), (Special Issue Changing Knowledge and Authority in Islam), 21/1 (September 2005), pp.59-73. The Innovative Political Ideas and Influence of Mullā Muhammad Kāzim Khurāsānī Mullā Muhammad Kāzim Khurāsānī (1839-1911), also known as Ākhund Khurāsānī (the cleric from Khurāsān), is one of the most outstanding scholars of the world of Islam in recent century. Over one thousand jurisprudents (mujtahids) have been trained in his classes in Holy city of Najaf. His book…
kadivarad33
2005/09/23
Articles

The Rights of Non-Muslims in Contemporary Islam

  Introduction An important issue of Islam today is “The Rights of non-Muslims in Islamic Societies”. The origin of the problem is that there is a direct relationship between the rights of people in one side and their religion and political situation towards the Muslims on the other side in Islamic Jurisprudence (Shari’ah). The above means that from the first point of view - meaning religion - we face three different kinds of rights: First, the rights of the Muslims; Second, the rights of the followers of ones adherent to…
kadivarad33
2005/09/13
Interviews

New attitudes color Iranian society, culture

TEHRAN, Iran — In a city that only a few years ago was almost monochromatic — full of women draped head to toe in black — women and girls this winter are sporting pink coats, pink sweaters, pink head scarves, shoes and bags. Many Iranians are expressing their contempt for their government through clothing. By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY Iran's Islamic rulers appear to have given up trying to make women observe more than the letter of the hijab, the Koran's admonition that Muslim women outside their homes should cover…
kadivarad33
2005/02/28
Interviews

Iran looks, again, to experienced captain

TEHRAN, Iran — Somehow, most of the tangled strands of the U.S.-Iran relationship have wound up in his hands.  By Behrouz Mehri, AFP   Unfreezing Iranian assets would be "the best positive sign" of U.S. goodwill towards Iran and initiating talks, Rafsanjani said. Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, 70, was Iran's president from 1989 to 1997. In 1985, he helped arrange a clandestine deal with the Reagan administration, a trade of U.S. arms for Iran's help in freeing Americans held hostage by Iranian-backed militants in Lebanon. A decade later, Rafsanjani brokered…
kadivarad33
2005/02/06
Interviews

Democratic Iraq may encourage change in Iran – cleric

A successful transition to democracy in Iraq would increase pressure for change in Iran, a leading Iranian clerical dissident said on Wednesday. Mohsen Kadivar, whose views have earned him time in jail, also urged Iraq not to follow the Iranian model of granting ultimate power to a senior cleric. "I think the Iraqis can make what we wanted to create but were unsuccessful: a real Islamic Republic," he said in an interview. "By that I mean a republic with Islamic values, democracy with Islamic values ... (where) the clergy has…
kadivarad33
2005/02/02