Articles

Routinizing the Iranian Revolution

“Routinizing the Iranian Revolution” in Islam in the Modern World, edited by Jeffery T. Kenney and Ebrahim Moosa, Routledge, New York, 2014, pp. 351-368 Routinizing Iranian Revolution CHAPTER AT A GLANCE Revolution lays foundations of new Iranian state and Constitution Charismatic leadership and Shi`i political theology gave birth to the Islamic Republic of Iran Constitutional values undermined by a context political threats to Iran  Expedient secular values adopted by charismatic religious leadership erodes values of constitution and religion   The dramatic developments in 1979 shook the world.  Popular uprisings forced…
kadivarad33
2013/11/22
Pieces

Iran’s New President is on a Collision Course with the Supreme Leader

A key was the symbol of Hassan Rowhani’s presidential campaign, but what, if any, doors to real power will it unlock? by MOHSEN KADIVAR for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 20, 2013: “This is the victory of wisdom, a victory of moderation and a victory of commitment over extremism,” Iranian president-elect Hassan Rowhani declared on TV shortly after election results were announced. Rowhani means clergy in Persian, and he was the only cleric among the eight candidates approved by the Guardian Council to run in the presidential election held June 14, 2013.  He wasted no…
kadivarad33
2013/06/20
Reviews

What happened to the Green Movement in Iran?

The pro-democracy movement has receded from public space, but it remains a model for non-violent civil rights movements.  Hamid Dabashi  Hamid Dabashi is Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies  and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  Columbia University   The Green Movement arose after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was declared winner of the 2009 election As Mahmoud Ahmadinejad serves out the final days of his lame-duck presidency, and as the ruling regime of the Islamic Republic stages yet another useless spectacle to prove it is still a legitimate state, the world's attention has…
kadivarad33
2013/06/12
Articles

REVISITING WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN ISLAM: ‘Egalitarian Justice’ in Lieu of ‘Deserts-based Justice’

In traditional Islamic thought women’s rights have been defined on the basis of a ‘deserts-based’ notion of justice (al-ʿadāla al-istiḥqāqiyya), by which individuals are entitled to justice according to their status, abilities and potential. This notion of justice leads to proportional equality, which recognises rights for individuals in proportion to their ‘deserts’. In modern times this notion of justice has encountered enormous problems. Can we reread the Qurʾan and the Traditions in the light of an egalitarian notion of justice that is premised on fundamental equality between men and women?
kadivarad33
2013/05/24
Reviews

Mohsen Mottaghi, La pensée chiite contemporaine à l’épreuve de la Révolution iranienne

couverture_lapensee-chiite Le but de ce livre est de présenter six penseurs musulmans iraniens. Ils se distinguent par l’actualité des questions qu’ils soulèvent, le courage de leur démarche et le sérieux de leur approche de l’islam. Ce groupe d’intellectuels religieux a une unité identifiable et peut- être une fonction de « passeurs », assurant la transition d’un univers traditionnel à celui de la modernité. Pour comprendre la problématique de ces penseurs religieux, il faut les placer, comme le fait Mottaghi, dans le contexte historique spécifique de l’Iran, marqué par une révolution…
kadivarad33
2013/01/06
Reviews

Review of “Wilayat al-faqih and Democracy”

JOSHUA PARENS, Book Review (Islam, the State, and Political Authority, Medieval Issues and Modern Concerns, ed. Asma Afsaruddin, 2011, New York: Palgrave Macmillan), Journal of Shi‘a Islamic Studies, Summer 2012, Vol. V, No. 3, pp. 333-339. Review of Islam the State Political Authority
kadivarad33
2013/01/06
Letters

A Message to the Leaders of Egypt: Let us learn from the bitter experience of the Islamic Republic of Iran

At the outset, we would like to applaud the great victory of the people of Egypt in their struggle to establish a democratic system of governance in order to realize the objectives of the rule of law, freedom, social justice, and moral as well as religious values. The pivotal place of the ancient nation of Egypt among Muslim nations, and the crucial role of Egypt in the region has persuaded us, the authors of this letter -- who are Islamic scholars with a modicum of knowledge of politics – to…
kadivarad33
2013/01/03