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l’Iran, en quête de justice

By • Mar 6th, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Propos recueillis par Marie-Claude Decamps et Gilles Paris Depuis la réélection contestée du président Mahmoud Ahmadinejad en juin 2009, les manifestations se sont succédé en Iran en dépit d’une forte répression. Prérévolution ? Contestation des dérives du gouvernement ? Que se passe-t-il vraiment dans la République islamique ? Ce qui se passe en Iran ? […]

The Current Iranian System Rests on Obedience not Human Rights

By • Mar 1st, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By: Nooshabeh Amiri  for This time, we spoke to Dr Abdulkarim Soroush about the separation of religion and the state, the disputes between the secularists and the religious modernizers, and the Green Movement’s prospects. Dr Soroush said that “with the political secularism of a non-theocratic state, pious individuals, too, will […]

It’s Best Just to Speak of an Unqualified Republic

By • Mar 1st, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By Mojgan Modarres-Olum  for Q. Over the past five decades, all the broad political movements in Iran have been religious in nature. It seems that the late Ayatollah Khomeini’s movement, which is seen as a turning point among these political-religious movements, transformed the conditions of political struggle in Iran and […]

We Must have a Referendum in Iran

By • Feb 1st, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By: Farzaneh Bazrpour for We asked Dr Abdulkarim Soroush about Iran’s current developments, the statement issued by the group of five, and the amalgamation of religion and politics. Dr Soroush stressed that a referendum must take place in Iran and that the ruling cleric’s position and powers must be questioned. […]

Das ist die wahre Revolution

By • Jan 11th, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush Eine pluralistische Bewegung wie die iranische brauche ein gemeinsames Programm, meint der Religionsphilosoph Abdolkarim Soroush, der schon dabei war, als der Schah gestürzt wurde Fünf führende Köpfe der iranischen Reform- und Protestbewegung haben ein Manifest formuliert (siehe Dokumentation), in dem sie unter anderem den Rücktritt von Präsident Ahmadinedschad und das Ende […]

The Goals of Iran’s Green Movement

By • Jan 6th, 2010 • Category: Interviews

new manifesto outlines the aims of Iran’s Green Movement, including a free press and the resignation of President Ahmadinejad. Five major figures in Iran’s reform movement issued a manifesto (reproduced below) Sunday, Jan. 3, calling for the resignation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the abolition of clerical control of the voting system and candidate selection. Journalist […]

The Social Sciences have been Iran’s Most Bloodied Martyr over the past 30 Years

By • Jan 1st, 2010 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By: Farid Adib-Hashemi Q. Let’s begin by referring to the fact that you’ve been selected as one of the 100 most influential thinkers by the journal Foreign Policy, which is published in the United States. You, Dr Zahra Rahnavard and Mrs Shirin Ebadi were the three Iranians among the top 100 […]

The Islamic Revolution Lacked a Theory

By • May 1st, 2009 • Category: Interviews

Report by:  Serajeddin Mirdamadi   On the initiative of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and with the cooperation of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), a three-day conference on “Shi’ism Today” opened at the CERI-Science Po centre in Paris on Monday 27 April. Dr Abdulkarim Soroush and Professor Mohammad Mojtahed-Shabestari […]

A Congregation of Bees, not a Congregation of Parrots

By • Apr 16th, 2009 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By: Bizhan Mumivand and Hossein Sokhanvar Q.  To begin with, could you please tell us a bit about what you’ve been doing in terms of research and academic activities while you’ve been away from Iran?   A.  I’ve been away from Iran for two and a half years.  During the first […]

Some of our Clerics are no Better than the Taliban

By • Apr 1st, 2009 • Category: Interviews

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By Nooshabeh Amiri Paris, April 2009 Q.  It seems that, these days, the West is very interested in the movement that you call “religious modernism”.  Is that right?  And why? A.  Yes, that’s right.  But, unfortunately, the West’s interest in the question of Islam and religious modernism doesn’t have a very […]