Thursday, July 03, 2003

Human rights

Mr kadivar has a new talk on human rights which is good to listen to.

(posted by Farid)

PS from Iman:

For readers who do not know Persian and Mr. Mohsen Kadivar

Mohsen Kadivar is an Iranian scholar, theologian and dissident. Mr. Kadivar is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Tarbiat Modares University in Iran. He was visiting scholar in Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School. He was the Director of the Department of Islamic Thought, Center for Strategic Research from 1991 until 1999. His first book, Theories of State in Shiite Fiqh, came out in 1998. Altogether, he has published 12 books. Kadivar was arrested for the first time in May 1978 - the last year of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi Shah's reign in Iran - in Shiraz during the Islamic uprising which later led to the overthrow of the monarchy. 20 years later, the unconstitutional Cleric Court of Iran found him guilty of campaigning against the Islamic Republic because of the statements he had made in an interview with the banned Khordad Daily in which he reviewed the achievements of the Islamic Republic (1979-99) and a speech in Isfahan where he argued that acts of terrorism are condemned in the eyes of the Shiite faith; he was sentenced to spend 18 months in Evin Prison, Tehran, and was released on July 17, 2000.
He is an open minded cleric and I respect him regardless his religion and profession.
I recommend reading the following articles in the English part of his website:
The freedom of thought and religion in Islam
Political rights of people in Islam

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