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Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Iran Reader

Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s Iran Reader

Germany’s Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), affiliated with the ruling Christian Democratic Union, has published Iran-Reader 2012, compiled by Oliver Ernst. In her contribution, Juden Im Iran, Katajun Amirpur tells the story of Iranian Jews, explaining how the Islamic revolution of 1979 brought an end to “the golden era” of Iran’s Jewish community. She examines the rise of anti-Semitic outbursts under ...

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Explaining Diverging Responses to Anti-Regime Protest in Egypt and Iran

Jean Lachapelle (University of Toronto), Lucan Way (University of Toronto), and Steven Levitsky (Harvard University) have posted their interesting paper, already presented for the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2012, at SSRN: Crisis, Coercion, and Authoritarian Durability: Explaining Diverging Responses to Anti-Regime Protest in Egypt and Iran Here is the abstract: Focusing on Iran in 2009 and Egypt in ...

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Nonviolent Struggle for Democracy in Iran

Ramin Jahanbegloo has a piece at Eurozine (first published in Mittelweg 36 4/2012), reflecting on the achievements of the Iran’s Green Movement. He emphasizes there once again the nonviolent nature of the Green Movement and the Iranian people’s struggle for a democratic change. He writes: Despite the brutal put-down, the Green Movement achieved its goal by gaining the moral high ...

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New Book on Iran’s Green Movement

New Book on Iran’s Green Movement

Iran: From Theocracy to the Green Movement Edited by Negin Nabavi Published by Palgrave Macmillan, 30 Aug 2012. 202 pages. Negin Nabavi is an associate professor of history at Montclair State University. Description: Recent Iranian history has been full of unexpected turns. Whether it was the 1979 revolution, which resulted in the establishment of the first ever Islamic Republic in ...

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After Tehran Summit: Iran’s Dashed Hopes

The 16th Summit meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), was held on August 26 – 31 in Tehran, and Iran officially assumed the presidency of an outdated movement, which is struggling to find its place in today’s multi-polar world. Iran’s rulers, specially Ali Khamenei clearly hoped that the summit would serve as a big antidote to the diplomatic isolation imposed ...

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Fred Dallmayr’s Constitutional Proposal for Iran

Reset-Doc magazine has published Fred Dallmayr’s essay, Whither Democracy? Religion, Politics and Islam. A version of this essay was presented at the Reset-Dialogues Istanbul Seminars on May 19-24, 2010, and later published in Philosophy & Social Criticism (May 2011). This  is also revised and condensed version of a chapter that appeared in Dallmayr’s The Promise of Democracy: Political Agency and ...

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Codifying Repression in Iran

Codifying Repression in Iran

According to the Human Rights Watch’s 48-page report, titled “Codifying Repression: An Assessment of Iran’s New Penal Code”, released yesterday, the proposed amendments to Iran’s penal code would violate the rights of accused people and criminal defendants, and Iranian authorities should suspend enactment of the proposed amendments and undertake a major overhaul of the country’s abusive penal laws. The report ...

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Iran’s Ideological Constitution and Islamic Juristocracy

The latest issue of Constellations (Volume 19, Issue 2) has a special section on “Constitutional Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions”, originated in a conference under the same title in May 2011 at the New School University. In his contribution, titled Middle Eastern Constitutional and Ideological Revolutions and the Rise of Juristocracy, Saïd Amir Arjomand gives an account of two contrasting constitutional developments in ...

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Iran’s Harsh Repression and Its Lasting Delegitimizing Effects

Iran’s Harsh Repression and Its Lasting Delegitimizing Effects

Shadi Mokhtari (American University) has posted Green Movement, Clerical, Activist and Public Responses to Heightened Repression Since the 2009 Presidential Elections in Iran : A Survey and Assessment of Implications for Political Change at SSRN. Here is the abstract: In order to contain the considerable challenge they faced from opposition and popular forces following the 2009 Presidential elections, Iran’s hardliners ...

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On Islam and Democracy

The online magazine Qantara has published an interesting interview in German with the Iranian liberal theologue Mojtahed Shabestari on the question of Islam and democracy: Warum Islam und Demokratie zusammen passen. Excerpt: Mit den arabischen Aufstandsbewegungen verbinden viele Menschen – in den Ländern selbst, aber auch außerhalb – die Hoffnung auf mehr Demokratie. Andere sagen: Der Islam lässt grundsätzlich keine ...

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