From Islam as an Identity to Secular Politics

A religious intellectual is more concerned with religious truths than with religion as an identity. The Islam of religious intellectuals is the Islam of truths and the question of an identity is peripheral to this. A religious intellectual must, first and foremost, concern himself with faith, religious experience, differing religious readings and creating […].

Whether by the Fire of Freedom or by the Fire of Zeal

It seems that today the right to freedom of expression has turned into a duty to defile and desecrate Muhammad’s name. It would be impossible to vandalize freedom more viciously than this. Muslims detect a whiff of vilification and conspiracy, and see it as an act of hostility. They believe that a collusion and conjunction between secularism and fundamen […].

Democracy, Justice, Fundamentalism and Religious Intellectualism

An interview with Abdulkarim Soroush* by Ali Asghar Seyyedabadi Q. Let’s start the discussion with the [June 2005] presidential elections if you don’t mind. The outcome can be linked on two counts to issues of interest to you: one is the question of justice, since some people believe that the government that emerged from the elections is a product of the […].

Intellectual Autobiography.

Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush. Sadri: I would like to ask you for an account of your intellectual development. I am certainly interested in whether you distinguish any turning points, watersheds, or distinct periods in the evolution of your thought. Soroush: In the name of God the compassionate, the merciful, thank you for giving me this opportunity […].

Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power – 3 –

Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush. By SA’ID RA’I for the Iranian Labour News Agency,January 2004. Translated by Nilou Mobasser. Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power. (page 3 of 3) SA’ID RA’I: In a speech you made ten years ago, under the title Shariati and the Theoretical Reconstruction of Religion, you said: « Some of our clerics have been […].

Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power – 2 –

Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush. By SA’ID RA’I for the Iranian Labour News Agency,January 2004. Translated by Nilou Mobasser. Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power. (page 2 of 3) SA’ID RA’I: One of the criticisms directed by the Frankfurt School at positivists such as Popper is that (according to them) positivist science seeks to justify an […].

Intellectuals: The Powerless Wielders of Power – 1 –

Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush. By SA’ID RA’I for the Iranian Labour News Agency,January 2004. Translated by Nilou Mobasser. In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful SA’ID RA’I : 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 […].

Travel.

Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush. April 1997 – Following his return to UK from the United States and shortly before he left London for Tehran to end a twelve-month absence from the country, Dr Soroush spoke to SERAJ in an exclusive interview. Here is a summarised translation of this conversation. Dr. Soroush, over the last few months, you have travelle […].

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