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Hannah Arendt and the Iranian Green Movement

There is now an interesting article at Tehran Review, in which the author is trying to find philosophical consolation for Iranian democrats in Hannah Arendt’s reflections on the nature of power and violence: Inevitably, Iranians will rightfully ask how action could be possible or endure in the face of so much organized violence? To answer this deep question, we turn ...

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Isobel Coleman on Islamic feminism

Isabel Coleman writes in Washington Post on the importance of Islamic feminism in the muslim world: One question I get is why is there a need for Islamic feminism – isn’t secular feminism sufficient to push for women’s rights? Well, the most conservative countries of the Middle East do not now have, nor will they in the near future, secular ...

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“Do Muslims Vote Islamic?”

The new issue of Journal of Democracy has a free access article by Charles Kurzman and Ijlal Naqvi on the limited ability of Islamist parties to win over Muslim voters. Here two excerpts from the paper: Our second conclusion is that the electoral performance of Islamic parties has been generally unimpressive. In the 89 elections that Islamic parties have contested ...

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New Book by Jürgen Habermas in English

An Awareness of What is Missing  By Jürgen Habermas Polity- February 2010 Description: In his recent writings on religion and secularization, Habermas has challenged reason to clarify its relation to religious experience and to engage religions in a constructive dialogue. Given the global challenges facing humanity, nothing is more dangerous than the refusal to communicate that we encounter today in ...

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New Interview with Jürgen Habermas on Religion

Tha Immanent Frame has published a new long interview with Jürgen Habermas, conducted by Eduardo Mendieta on the question of religion. Here two excerpts: On the one hand, the system of religion has become more differentiated and has limited itself to pastoral care, that is, it has largely lost other functions. On the other hand, there is no global connection ...

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