Lectures

Shame and Responsibility

Workshop:
“Entangled Categories? Shame, Moral Sentiments and the Visual”

{More»}

Works By Soroush

You Have Turned Iran into a Grim Land»

A letter from Soroush to Khamenei   Mohammad Nourizad, the brave and free-minded artist, who has opened the way to critical admonitions and admonitory criticism, has invited writers and thinkers to join him; to perform their duty of enjoining virtue and opposing vice; and to do their share in reinforcing the criticism in the hope [...]

{More»}
The Crust and the Core of Rule by the People»

A wretched judiciary is tyranny’s strength and a strong judiciary makes for wretched tyrants, and today the weakest and most wretched branch of power in Iran is the judiciary. Today, in democratic states, the most unprotected of people find some protection in the law and the judiciary, which lends them a hand to fend off [...]

{More»}
There is no God, I swear to God there is no God…»

“There is no God, I swear to God there is no God…”  These were words that Hamed spoke in a pained voice, which brought tears to my eyes. After fleeing Iran with a battered body and a shattered mind and seeking refuge elsewhere, he was pouring out his anger and pain to me over the [...]

{More»}
A Word of Advice to the Advocates of Islamic Human Sciences»

First. Iran’s current rulers are suspicious of the human sciences for a single reason: these sciences are secular. The theocrats expect the human sciences to use concepts such as God’s will, spirit and other intra-religious teachings in their explanations about human beings and societies, and since the human sciences do not comply with these expectations, [...]

{More»}
Flagging Oratory (and Mind?)»

Mr Khamenei   I heard your speech on 4 June 2010. It was an error-strewn oration. It ebbed and flowed between slips of the tongue and slips of the mind. It testified to flagging oratory. Our accomplished sermonizer, who had surpassed all others in deftness of speech in the thirty years since the revolution, seemed [...]

{More»}
If You Daren’t Speak, Why Don’t You Emigrate?»

With greetings to the distinguished scholars and elders of religious learning. I would like, if I may, to address a few words to you.   The anniversary of the Green Movement and the people’s Judgement Day is approaching, and the people have growing expectations of righteous clerics. The movement’s prisoners and martyrs have a message [...]

{More»}
When you don’t lose yourself… When you lose yourself…»

When you don’t lose yourself, the beloved is like a thorn When you lose yourself, the beloved is the purest gold   When you don’t lose yourself, a fly can fell you When you lose yourself, elephants fall before you   When you don’t lose yourself, you’re a cloud of grief When you lose yourself, [...]

{More»}
Religious Tyranny is Crumbling: Rejoice!»

The bloody wedding has ended and the fraudulent groom has left the bridal chamber. The ballot boxes tremble and ogres dance in the dark. The dead, in their white shrouds, stand and watch, and the prisoners clap with severed hands. And, with a mixture of rage and hatred, the people of the world see off [...]

{More»}

Interviews

Religion of War, Religion of Peace»

Interview with Joachim Frank Frankfurter Rundschau Herr Erzbischof, in Mali bekämpfen die Franzosen islamistische Aufständische, die das Land unter ihre Kontrolle bringen wollen. Was halten Sie von der Intervention? Igantius Kaigama: Niemandem, dem am Wohl der Menschen in Mali liegt, konnte an einem Erfolg der Islamisten interessiert sein. Es gab Zeiten, dass wir in Afrika [...]


l’Iran, en quête de justice»

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»

Interview with Abdulkarim Soroush By: Nooshabeh Amiri  for Roozonline.com 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 [...]


News

Support Victims of Domestic Violence in Iran»

A Special Program (in Farsi) with Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush & Mr. Abdolali Bazargan At ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTER OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Please join us on Saturday June 9, 2012 at 6:45 PM in a special program (in Farsi) with Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush and Mr. Abdolali Bazargan to discuss the issue of domestic violence in Iran and [...]


Islamic Reform: Iranian Style – A lecture by Abdulkarim Soroush»

A Public Lecture at University of Davis, CA
Middle East/ South Asia Studies
The Suad Joseph Lecture Series in Iranian Studies


Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture»

Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture Date: Thursday 15 March 2012 Time: 6-7.30pm Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building Speaker: Professor Abdulkarim Soroush Chair: Professor John Worrall Update, Monday 19 December: Please note, this event will be ticketed. For further details see ‘Ticket Information’ below. Professor Soroush will discuss the role of philosophy – and Popper’s thought [...]


Videos

The Quran, Philosophy, and Law»

Quran Seminar at the University of Notre Dame Lecture of Abdolkarim Soroush, Former Professor of the University of Tehran and visiting scholar at Yale, Princeton, Harvard and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin “The Quran, Philosophy, and Law” Thursday, April 11, 2013


Shi’ism in Need of Reform»

Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush’s Lecture at UC Berkeley on January 20, 2011. There was an introduction by Dr. Mahmoud Sadri. The talk was organized by Iranian Student Alliance in America-ISAA. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5


The Rise of Intellectual Reform in the Islamic World»

Professors from Duke University, Harvard Divinity School and the University of Tehran discuss the pressure many reformers face in Islamic countries.


Works Cites Soroush

Death of a True Scholar and a Muslim Mensch»

by: Reuven Firestone A bright light of critical scholarship of Islam was just extinguished in Cairo with the death at 66 of professor Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd on July 5. I saw him only last spring at the international conference “The Qur’an in Its Historical Context” held at the University of Notre Dame, where he [...]


How the U.S. Ignored Iran’s Reformers»

The Bush administration, despite President Bush’s vocal call for democracy in Iran, has failed to grant visas to several prominent Iranian pro-democracy activists. Among the Iranians still waiting for a U.S. visa is Abdolkarim Soroush, a philosopher who is widely regarded as the leading intellectual force behind the reformist movement that swept President Mohammed Khatami [...]


Global Intellectual Poll Results»

Prospect by: David Herman   The two most striking things about this poll are the number of people who took part and the age of the winners. Over 20,000 people voted for their top five names from our longlist of 100, and they tended to reinforce the trends of the original list. More than half [...]


Works On Soroush

Muslims for Peace»

By: Kelly James Clark Last week I wrote about the most persecuted religion in the world — Christianity. So dire is the persecution of Christians, Christianity is in danger of disappearing from its homeland. Christianity is most in peril, I noted, in Muslim-majority countries where either by official policy or official laxity, Christians are discriminated [...]


Nilou Mobasser Obituary»

By: Malu Halasa By translating the work of the Persian scholar Abdolkarim Soroush, the dissident journalist Akbar Ganji and many other censored Iranians, my friend Nilou Mobasser gave voice to a complex culture, particularly in the US, where these authors were published in English for the first time. In 1997, she translated Ghazi Rabihavi’s Look Europe, [...]


Critical Rationalism and Religious and Political Reform in Iran»

On 15 March, the Iranian intellectualAbdolkarim Soroush (real name: Hosein Haj Faraj Dabbagh) delivered the Sir Karl Popper Memorial Lecture 2012, at the London School of Economics (LSE). Although he has never directly studied under Popper, Soroush memorated that he was studying philosophy of science at Chelsea College (later absorbed into King’s College London) when Popper was teaching at LSE. [...]