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…
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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
Interviews

Iran Dissident Alarms Clerics With Calls Islamic Democracy

TEHRAN--Despite his turban and cloak, or perhaps because of it, Mohsen Kadivar is a "dangerous man" for the Islamic Republic of Iran. The 41 years old cleric and confidant of President Mohammed Khatami trained at Iran's best theological seminary and taught at some of the best universities in the country. He was active in the Islamic revolution that toppled the shah 21 years ago and has written heavy tomes on Islamic philosophy and law. But that was before he was banned from teaching, before he was tried and sentenced to…
kadivarad33
2000/09/18