Archives for the ‘ Interviews ’ Category

Democracy and Rationality

By • Dec 1st, 2003 • Category: Interviews

An interview with Abdolkarim Soroush by Shargh newspaper December 2003     Q. Dr Soroush!  I’d like us to discuss the question of rationality. Would you be so kind as to begin by pointing out the different interpretations that there are of rationality and also mentioning your own chosen interpretation, so that we can go on […]

An Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush by Iranian Truth

By • Aug 21st, 2003 • Category: Interviews

I don’t like posting full articles or interviews unless that their reading is highly significant to Iranians and to the lay observer of Iranian affairs. That being said this is an interview published in the New Scientist concerning Soroush’s decision to return to Iran after a six year hiatus. For those of you who don’t […]

New Scientist Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush

By • Jun 1st, 2003 • Category: Interviews

This interview was first published in New Scientist print edition   Only in a few countries could a philosopher of science be seen as an enemy of the state. Abdolkarim Soroush, one of Iran’s best-known intellectuals, argues that science cannot progress under totalitarian regimes. His greatest “crime” is to suggest that this is a legitimate […]

Religion, Thought and Reformation

By • Mar 7th, 2001 • Category: Interviews

An interview with Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush Source: Jameh Madani (Abridged) 3/7/01 Q: Please tell us about the American intellectual and cultural air in relation to the new transformations and problems taking place in Iran and what is Americans’ reaction to these transformations. A: This is a very vast question and not all its different aspects […]

Faith and Hope

By • Dec 1st, 2000 • Category: Interviews

An interview with Abdol Karim Soroush Q. The subject of our discussion is « religious faith ». If I may, I’d like to begin by asking you, what’s your understanding and definition of religious faith? If we take religion to be composed of the three elements of religious experiences, religious beliefs and religious practices, what’s […]

Truth, Reason, Salvation

By • Oct 1st, 2000 • Category: Interviews

In A Soroush, Seratha-yi Mostaqim, (1377/1998) Tehran: Serat, pp137-196 Q. Since you put forward the theory of religious pluralism, there’s been much debate on the subject and various people have commented on it. But understanding the theory of pluralism must surely take precedence over criticising and judging it. A brief look at the debates suggests […]

Islam, Revelation and Prophethood

By • Aug 10th, 2000 • Category: Interviews

An interview with Abdulkarim Soroush  About the Expansion of Prophetic Experience ** This interview took place on 10 August 2000 and was published in the (now-banned) journal Aftab, No. 15, April-May 2002.  In an article entitled ‘The Expansion of Prophetic Experience’, Abdulkarim Soroush suggested, among other things, that, as the Prophet’s experience grew over time, […]

Contraction and Expansion of Women’s Rights

By • Feb 1st, 2000 • Category: Interviews

 An interview with Soroush, Published in Zanan, 1378/2000   Q. New religious thinking in our society has remained consistently silent on women’s issues. There may be a number of reasons for this silence: it may be that some of the thinkers involved feel that there’s no such thing as women-specific issues; or that women’s problems […]

The Story of the Cultural Revolution

By • Oct 1st, 1999 • Category: Interviews

The Story of the Cultural Revolution Right to the End They Didn’t Know Where They Were Meant to Be Going A Conversation with Dr Soroush About the Cultural Revolution and Things that Were Supposed to Happen and to Be Publicatished in Lowh, Mehr 1378/October 1999 Q. All that’s been said about seminary-university unity has taken […]

Intellectuals, The Powerless Wielders of Power

By • Jan 1st, 1999 • Category: Interviews

 Conversation with AbdolKarim Soroush Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power   In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful Q. One of the issues that has exercised your mind in recent years has been the relationship between knowledge and power, and especially the relationship between the bearers of power and knowledge. First, in a […]