Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

A Discussion with Mohsen Kadivar

Dr. Mohsen Kadivar is associate professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran.

Sun, August 9, 2009 | AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)

5:00 PM

Dr. Mohsen Kadivar is associate professor at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran. Kadivar will spend the 2009-2010 academic year as a visiting professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on ethics in contemporary Iran, Islamic political theory, and Islamic philosophy and jurisprudence.  Kadivar studied Islamic jurisprudence and philosophy at the Qom Seminary, and went on to receive a doctorate of philosophy and theology in Tehran. He has written more than 13 books reconciling Islamic traditions and modern democracy.

Kadivar's writing on the theology of freedom has been critical of the doctrine of Velayat-e Faqih (Rule of the Supreme Jurist), an innovation in Shi'te political thought instituted in Iran by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, calling into question the religious authenticity of this form of autocratic rule. In 1999, Kadivar was convicted by the Special Court for Clergy and sentenced to eighteen months in prison on charges of having spread false information about Iran's "sacred system of the Islamic Republic" and of helping enemies of the Islamic revolution.

The discussion will take place in Persian.

This event is free and open to the public. Public parking is available on the street or in the Speedway Garage, 27th and Speedway.

Sponsored by: Center for Middle Eastern Studies

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