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A Discussion with Mohsen Kadivar

Sunday August 9, 2009
5:00 PM • AVAYA Auditorium (ACES 2.302)

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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a talk by Mohsen Kadivar, 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'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 be 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.

Contact:
Christopher Rose
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
512-471-3582
csrose@mail.utexas.edu