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Islamic Governance in Theory and Practice

This is a narrative of an ‘insider’ of the revolution of 1979 and in the Islamic Republic of Iran. “What went wrong in Islamic Republic of Iran?” is the major question that I am trying to answer. My response is ‘theocracy’, which entails an ideological understanding of Islam, misunderstanding of the key-concept of law, replacing it with decrees of jurist-ruler, implementing sharia as state law, having the dream of “Islam is the solution”, and ignoring modernity. My presentation is rooted in my personal experience of the revolution and Islamic Republic.
HMouK
2020/02/09
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Soleimani’s assassination: a dangerous mistake

General Qassem Soleimani is worthy of appreciation for Iranians because of his courage in the battle with ISIS. This conservative politician as the head of Iran's Quds military force was the executor of Khamenei’s adventurous policies, which have structural problems and should be criticized. His assassination by Trump administration is wrong, problematic, and risky It will put more strains on the democracy and human rights in Iran. Assassination and bullying will never contribute to the establishment of human rights, democracy, and rule of law. Instagram has completely removed my page!
HMouK
2020/01/07
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The Orlando Massacre: Prohibited and Contrary to Islamic Teachings

On June 12, a man attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando, resulting in 49 deaths, and dozens more injured. The gunman, a Muslim American citizen born in America to Afghan immigrants, was killed in the exchange with the police. His first wife described him as “mentally unstable,” and his father indicated that while he was repulsed by and hated homosexuals, these feelings were not derived from any religious considerations. Based on Islamic teachings, what is the ruling on his action? Without a shadow of doubt, the perpetrated act is a…
kadivarad33
2016/06/17
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Theology, Ethics, Politics: Three Challenges for Islamic Reform

How should Islamic teachings relate to the specific conditions of modernity? Islamic Reform is the effort of Muslims to reconstruct Islamic teachings and practice in modern times. This lecture addresses the challenge of reforming Islamic doctrines in three related areas: theology, ethics and politics, with special reference to Shi`ism. It will be illustrated by critical reflections on concepts of religious authority (the position of the Imams), shari’a as an ethical tradition in dialogue with modernity, and the necessity of secularism in terms of separation of mosque and state.
kadivarad33
2015/12/07
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The Complexity of Leadership of Islamic Republic of Iran

Hashemi Rafsanjani made a huge mistake by helping Khamenei to power, but he did initiate an important innovation in the IRI in regards to the succession of leadership. The leader should have administrative experience in a larger arena than religious knowledge: minimum religious knowledge with maximum administrative experience. The best candidates for leadership are the clerics that have the experience of presidency or of being the head of the judiciary on their résumé. This means that the new leader of Iran after the death of Khamenei will be among four.
kadivarad33
2015/12/05
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The Haram Operations of Boko Haram

Boko Haram or the Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad (Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati Wal-Jihad) and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) are two sides of one coin. Both of them have been accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, kidnapping, and child-slavery. Both are seeking theocratic state, the former based on shari’a and the latter based on Ten Commandments. Boko Haram is a rebel group based in northern Nigeria, and LRA is a militant movement operating in north Uganda and South Sudan. Both of them use religion (Islam or Christianity)…
kadivarad33
2014/05/24
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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
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Secularization of the Islamic Republic of Iran Unstoppable

Durham, NC - In the years since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Mohsen Kadivar has intellectually evolved from being a supporter of Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic republic to a believer that Iran should be a secular democratic state. Now he thinks many Iranians are following the same path as he, and in an April 9 talk at Duke, Kadivar expressed optimism that the country is on the road to becoming a secular state. Speaking on "Evolution of the Relationship of Islam and the State in Post–Revolutionary Iran," Kadivar said "the diversity of…
kadivarad33
2012/04/19
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Exiled Iranian Dissident on Threat of Israeli Attack on Iran

Durham, NC - On Tuesday the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany agreed to resume negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. This news came one day after President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the threat posed by Iran's nuclear program. Quotes: Regarding A Possible Attack on Iran by Israel: "Any military attacks on Iran, especially by Israel, would be an extremely big mistake and an enormous obstacle to the spread of democracy and human rights in Iran because it would be the…
kadivarad33
2012/03/09