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Adib-Moghaddam, Arshin (2015) 'Islamic Secularism and the Question of Freedom in Iran.' Middle East Critique, 25 (1). pp. 71-82.

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My research deals with the question of ‘freedom’ in Iran and the appropriation of ‘liberal’ ideas by influential intellectuals with an Islamic persuasion. At the same time, I am conceptualising the term ‘Islamic secularism’ with a particular emphasis on the spectre of democracy in Iran. I argue that Iranian thinkers, whose philosophical nodal point continues to be a modernistic interpretation of Islam (or Islamism), have struggled to formulate a theory that would transcend the confines of the revolution and satisfy the demands for pluralism and liberty put forward during several protests in Iran and, of course, during the 2011 Arab revolts.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Democracy, Iran, Islam, Islamic philosophy, Mohsen Kadivar, liberalism, political theory, secularism, Abdolkarim Soroush
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Politics and International Studies
ISSN: 19436149
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 11:13

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