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What we can learn from the refuseniks of the Soviet Union

Religion News Service By Marc Zvi Brettler | February 3, 2017 (RNS) In spring 1981 I spent several weeks visiting refuseniks — Jews who wanted to leave the Soviet Union for Israel but were refused state permission to emigrate. When I entered the country, the news magazines I brought with me were confiscated, and I was followed by the KGB and twice interrogated by them.  I saw from the people I visited what it is like to live in terror, though I was always reassured that as an American, I would…
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2017/02/04
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Triangle universities sizing up Trump order

The Herald.Sun DURHAM -- Duke University says “several dozen” of its students, faculty and post-docs are affected by the travel ban U.S. President Donald Trump slapped on nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries to start the weekend. The university’s chief spokesman, Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld, said Duke officials “are in contact” with them. So far, its advice to them has been to “avoid all international travel for the immediate future,” Duke’s president and provost, Richard Brodhead and Sally Kornbluth, confirmed via a statement issued…
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2017/01/31
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Kadivar to Explore Iranian Culture, History at Duke and UNC

Mohsen Kadivar to hold Keohane professorship spanning both universities August 25, 2014 | By Eric Ferreri Article Mohsen Kadivar holds the Fall 2014 Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship Since he began working at Duke, Mohsen Kadivar has worked closely with faculty and students both on campus and down the road a bit at UNC-Chapel Hill. Both campuses boast small but well-regarded religious studies departments. When Kadivar joined Duke as a visiting professor in 2009, he was quickly recruited by UNC-CH to give an occasional guest lecture, and since then he has taught and…
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2014/08/26
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“Debating Reform in Islamic Thought” Conversation with Mohsen Kadivar

Debating Reform in Islamic Thought Conversation with Mohsen Kadivar Friday, April 25, 2014 1:00-4:00pm De Certeau Room Department of Literature UCSD 1:00-1:10pm Introduction Babak Rahimi (UC San Diego) 1:10-1:45 pm Mateo Farzaneh (Northeastern Illinois University) “Placing Shi’ite Jurisprudence in Iranian Historiography” 1:45-2:15pm Bahar Davary (University of San Diego) “Egalitarian justice in lieu of deserts-based justice” 2:15-2:30pm Coffee break 2:30-2:45pm Introduction Ali Gheissari (University of San Diego) 2:45-4:00pm Mohsen Kadivar (Duke University) “Between Tradition and Modernity: Reforming Islamic Thought through Structural Ijtihad” Sponsored: Program for the Study of Religion Co-sponsored by Burke Lectureship and UCSD Center on Global Justice Open…
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2014/03/31
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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…
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2013/06/12
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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…
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2013/01/06
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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
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2013/01/06
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“Human Rights and New Jurisprudence in Mohsen Kadivar’s Advocacy of ‘New-Thinker’ Islam”

Yasuyuki Matsunaga; Die Welt des Islams, Vol. 51, Nos. 3-4 (2011), pp. 358-381 Professor Yasuyuki Matsunaga* Graduate School of Global Studies Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Matsunaga, Mohsen Kadivar, an Advocate   Abstract In 2001, Mohsen Kadivar (1959- ), a Qom-trained Shi‘ite mujtahid, began advocating what he has alternately termed “spiritual Islam, “goal-oriented Islam,” and “new-thinker Islam.” No longer just a critic of the “rule of the jurisprudent” (wil±yat-i faqµh) doctrine, Kadivar started to set forth his version of postrevivalist Islam, a kind that characteristically highlights its spiritual aspects but…
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2012/01/06
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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…
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2011/08/09
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Book Review (New Directions in Islamic Thought: Exploring Reform and Muslim)

    The essays in New Directions in Islamic Thought form part of a Norwegian scholarly initiative executed at venues in Sarajevo, Istanbul and Yogyakarta. The contributions to this volume reflect the alternative Islamic discourses emerging in what the editors call ‘the new intellectual and political climate of the post-colonial second half of the twentieth century’ (p.3). The resultant constructive critiques originating from various parts of the Muslim world interrogate the Islamic tradition of learning, modern human rights and ethics and present alternatives to secular modernism and Islamist apologetics, both of…
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2010/07/06