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Patterns of Authoritarianism and Resistance in Iran (In Persian)

A panel discussion with Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Majid Mohammadi, Writer

Sunday, January 09, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
121 Dodd Hall

Mehdi Khalaji

The Shiite Clergy: Politics of Inventing the Tradition - Rohaniyat-e Shi`a: siyasat-e ebda` sonnat (روحانیت شیعه؛ سیاست ابداع سنت)

Majid Mohammadi

Seven Longsome Waves of Authoritarianism in Modern Iran: Discourses, Ideologies and Programs - haft moj-e dirpa-ye eqtedar-garayi dar Iran-e modern: gotmanha, ideologyha, va barnamehha (هفت موج دیرپای اقتدار گرایی در ایران مدرن: گفتمان‌ها، ایدئولوژی‌ها، و برنامه‌ها )

Mehdi Khalaji is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He has studied Shiite theology in Qom seminary, Philosophy at the University of Tarbiat Modarres in Iran and Shiite theology and exegeses at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. He is the author of several books and dozens of articles on Islamic modern thought, current trends in Islamic ideology and also a Novel in Persian: Natani. His latest book is entitled "The New Order of the Clerical Establishment in Iran".  For more details, see:

Majid Mohammadi is a freelance writer and RFI/RFE analyst. Before joining SBIGS in 2009, Mohammadi was an associate professor at Glenville State College, a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and an International Policy Fellow at the Open Society Institute. Before moving to the U.S. in 2000, he worked in workshops to draft legislations. He also taught college courses on politics, media and religion, and was a consultant with a number of press centers, public institutions, and research centers in Iran. He has been granted dozens of research funds and is the author of several books, including Heaven’s Ladder: Analytic Philosophy of Religion; Political Reforms Quandary in Iran Today; Introduction to Sociology and Economics of Culture in Iran Today; Authoritarian Face: Iranian TV, 1990-2000; Civil Society: Iranian Style; Religion vs. Faith; and Sacred vs. Secular: Islamicization Process in Iran. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies, Journal of the International Society for Iranian Studies, Nameh-ye Farhang, Rasaneh, Farhang, Honar haye Ziba, Farabi, Pajoohesh Nameh, Nameh-ye Pajoohesh, and Rahyaft. Mohammadi received his B.S. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Shiraz University in 1984 and his M.A. in Philosophy from Tehran University in 1990. He completed his Ph. D. in Sociology in 2006.

Bilingual Lecture Series

Cost : Free and Open to the Public


Sponsor(s): , Co-sponsored by the Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies

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