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The following article in it's entirety can be found here: http://www.logosjournal.com/issue_5...._interview.htm



Ideas whose time has come: A Conversation with Iranian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo

Danny Postel

Ramin Jahanbegloo, one of Iran’s preeminent intellectual figures, is currently behind bars in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where he has been held in solitary confinement since April 27th, 2006, with no formal charges brought against him. Among the hundreds of scholars across the globe who have signed an Open Letter to Iran’s president demanding Ramin’s immediate release are Kwame Anthony Appiah, Zygmunt Bauman, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Noam Chomsky, J.M. Coetzee, Juan Cole, Shirin Ebadi, Umberto Eco, Jürgen Habermas, Leszek Kolakowski, Ernesto Laclau, Chantal Mouffe, Martha Nussbaum, Orhan Pamuk, Charles Taylor, Tzvetan Todorov, Immanuel Wallerstein, Cornel West, Howard Zinn, and Slavoj Žižek.

Head of the Department of Contemporary Studies at the Cultural Research Bureau in Tehran, Jahanbegloo’s 20 plus books include, in English, Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (1991), the edited collection Iran—Between Tradition and Modernity (2004), and the just-published Talking India: Conversations with Ashis Nandy (2006); in French, a study of Gandhi’s political thought, an essay on the philosophy of nonviolence, a book of interviews with George Steiner and one with the Iranian philosopher Daryush Shayegan; and, in Persian, studies of Machiavelli, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Clausewitz, and Tagore, and works on tolerance and difference, democracy and modernity, and the dynamics of Iranian intellectual life.

Ramin received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Sorbonne, was a fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, taught political philosophy at the University of Toronto, and is the Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. He is one of the founders of the journal Goft-o-gu (Dialogue) in Tehran and worked on the magazine Esprit in Paris. In recent years Ramin has brought an endless stream of Indian, European and North American intellectuals to lecture in Iran — among them Fred Dallmayr, Timothy Garton Ash, Agnes Heller, Michael Ignatieff, Adam Michnik, Antonio Negri, Richard Rorty, and the late Paul Ricoeur — effectively acting as a kind of philosophical ambassador between Iran and the outside world.

The following interview was conducted via e-mail in January and February of 2006. It will appear in Danny Postel’s Reading Legitimation Crisis in Tehran, forthcoming from Prickly Paradigm Press.

For more on Ramin’s fate, see www.macleans.ca/ramin. For a selection of his writings, see www.iranproject.info/articles/articles.asp.
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Thank you for posting this. Great piece. I'll discuss it with Iranian Friends that include a few of the people mentioned. It makes a lot of sense to also have held the Kant/Hegel symposium in Shiraz. Much of their inspiration can be traced back to Saadi and Hafez, who have their final resting place there. Ramin's observations in regard to the short lived liberal anti imperialist Goverment of Mohammad Mossadegh, before the CIA coup, are spot on. Iran, and with it the whole Region and probably the World would be better off had this CIA Coup not taken place. There is a good chance neither Afghanistan, Iraq's invasion of Kuweit and the later War in Iraq, nor the present conflict in Lebanon would ever have happened. ( see: http://www.mohammadmossadegh.com/biography/ ). Reza Pahlavi, the Father of the last Shah, was the son of a former shepherd and illiterate into his 20's. He was a great admirer of Kemal Atta Turk, who had forcibly modernized Turkey. This included the change from the Arab alphabeth and the order to military and police, to rip off the traditional veil of women. Reza Pahlavi later instituted the same policy in regard to the veil (shador). After Reza Pahlavi forces had toppled the last Shah of the Qajar dynasty, he wanted to proclaim the Republic of Iran. To the Mullahs, this sounded too revolutionary, and they implored him to become the new Shah of Iran. In 1941 both England and the USSR invaded large parts of Iran. Because of his close connection to Germany, they forced Reza Shah Pahlavi to abdicate, and permitted his Son to assume the throne. America actually helped the young Shah to force both Countries to withdraw from Iran and gain a degree of independence. The name of the Evin Prison mentioned was only whispered under the Shah. In the present Islamic Republic of Iran, far more people per capita are imprisoned and tortured than under the Shah. BTW, without Kemal Atta Turk, we could easily have another fundamentalist Islamic Country right on Europe's door steps.

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I always smile when someone says they're Persian or come from Persia.

I asked someone I work with why he tells people he's from Persia and not Iran.
He replied - Most Americans don't know that Persia is really Iran and I avoid alot of discrimination that way. Americans hate Iranians he said, it's a good thing that they didn't pay attention in school.
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It's embarrasment about the present Regime as well. 'Persia' for the rich heritage of the Country, and Iran for the excesses of the Pahlavi's, and the black years of the Islamic Republic. It's a bit like German expatriates pretending to be Swiss during the Hitler regime. Remember the Iranian hostage crisis? Well, now you have an Iranian population of 68 million held hostage by a Goverment that is supported by only 15 % of its people (est.). BTW, American Universities have many Iranian academics on their faculties. Friends in Tucson were full Professors in Iran and once more had put in years of study to reach the same position here. No easy achievement, as European and Foreign diploma are not recognized in the U.S..
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