Articles

From Traditional Islam to Islam as an End in Itself

Die Welt des Islams 51 (2011) 459-484, Brill, Liden, The Netherland From Traditional Islam to Islam as an End in Itself  Mohsen Kadivar The development of religious thought in Iran has particularly accelerated during the past century. It can be interpreted as the passage from a traditional view of religion to one which is an end in itself. I mean by traditional Islam the domination of the culture and exigencies of the time, place, and special circumstances of the Age of the Revelation as the immutable, sacred, and idealized framework…
kadivarad33
2011/12/11
Letters

Objection to the Recent Fatwa of Terror

Rafiq Taqi, an Azerbaijani writer accused of apostasy for insulting Muslim beliefs, was stabbed on November19, 2011 and died four days later in the hospital. Five years earlier in 2006, the Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Fazil Lankarani, in response to his followers’ question as to what ought to be done about Taqi, issued a fatwa sanctioning the killing of the writer. Now in 2011, Muhammad Javad Fazil Lankarani, the son of the late Grand Ayatollah and a clergy in Qom, in a statement posted on his website reaffirmed his father’s fatwa...
kadivarad33
2011/12/11
Interviews

A scholar and a dissident

The Chronicle, The Independent Daily at Duke University, December 2, 2011   Duke chronicle   Mohsen Kadivar spent 18 months in Iran’s infamous Evin Prison, mostly in solitary confinement. Kadivar says he wasn’t especially bothered by the isolation, since it allowed him to work 16 hours a day on his theological and political writings. Calling Kadivar “resilient” sounds like cheerleading, so I’ll settle for calling him tough. Last semester, one of my classmates in Kadivar’s undergraduate course, “Religion and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran,” asked our professor what prison was like.…
kadivarad33
2011/12/02
Articles

Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy

“Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy” in Asma Afsaruddin (ed.), Islam, the State, and Authority: Medieval Concerns and Modern Issues, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, pp. 207-224 Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy Abstract The concept of wilayat al-faqih as a type of Shi`ite Islamic government gained currency after the Islamic revolution in Iran, and it has now been experienced for more than a quarter of a century. A key question in contemporary Iranian politics is the compatibility of the wilayat al-faqih with democracy. This question can be answered from the perspective of political thought, or…
kadivarad33
2011/11/13
Letters

De-listing the MEK spells disaster for Green Movement

  As Tunisians and Egyptians work through their respective political transitions, the Iranian government increasingly detaches itself from the realities of its restive population. The longer it resists meeting public demands, the shorter its lifespan becomes. At the same time, within the Iranian Diaspora, some have sought to usurp leadership of Iran's indigenous pro-democracy movement. This has alarmed the leaders of the Green Movement in Iran. Mir Hossein Mousavi warned against "international surfers" seeking to wield their own axe in the furnace of the Green movement in his last communiqué…
kadivarad33
2011/11/02
Reviews

New Theology in the Islamic Republic of Iran: A Comparative Study between Abdolkarim Soroush and Mohsen Kadivar

Abstract This dissertation describes the nature of what has been called kalām-e jadīd (new theology) in the Islamic Republic of Iran. It argues that there are currently two kinds of “new theologies” in practice. One new theology that is more widely adhered to is an extension of classical theology and stays true to traditional precepts, while the second is postmodern in nature and breaks with tradition completely. The first strand of kalām-e jadīd, referred to as “theology of selectivity,” is represented here by the works of Mohsen Kadivar, the person…
kadivarad33
2011/08/09