Religious Modernity in Iran: Dilemmas of Islamic Democracy in the Discourse of Mohammad Khatami

Religious Modernity in Iran: Dilemmas of Islamic Democracy in the Discourse of Mohammad Khatami m So ra pa tiv , d u ca an of A uth Mi d sia i Af r dle Un ty rsi 00 5 P re ss the e uk 25 , i l. Vo 2 . 3, No uring the fir few yrs after the election of Mohammad Khatami to the presidency of the Islamic Republic in 1997, pro-democracy groups and individuals experienced an episode of euphoria and enthusim that soon turned into despair and apathy. rly the fir term of his tenure, Khatami’s promises of freedom, civil society, and the rule of law were frurated and blocked from being implemented by the nservati groups within Iran’s ruling blishment. Khatami himself prod not willing to take necessary risks to implement his project of civil society and his inactions and capitulations resulted in further fruration of many, but not all, of his promises. This essay attempts to analyze the failures, achiements, and some of the possible political ramifications of the presidency of Mohammad Khatami by focusing on his disurse in the ntext of the intellectual trajectory of Islamic thought from the revolutionary period to the porevolutionary reformi phe.1 The Islamic disurse in Iran h been ry much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East Duke University Press

Religious Modernity in Iran: Dilemmas of Islamic Democracy in the Discourse of Mohammad Khatami

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2005 by Duke University Press
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1089-201X
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1548-226X
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10.1215/1089201X-25-3-650
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m So ra pa tiv , d u ca an of A uth Mi d sia i Af r dle Un ty rsi 00 5 P re ss the e uk 25 , i l. Vo 2 . 3, No uring the fir few yrs after the election of Mohammad Khatami to the presidency of the Islamic Republic in 1997, pro-democracy groups and individuals experienced an episode of euphoria and enthusim that soon turned into despair and apathy. rly the fir term of his tenure, Khatami’s promises of freedom, civil society, and the rule of law were frurated and blocked from being implemented by the nservati groups within Iran’s ruling blishment. Khatami himself prod not willing to take necessary risks to implement his project of civil society and his inactions and capitulations resulted in further fruration of many, but not all, of his promises. This essay attempts to analyze the failures, achiements, and some of the possible political ramifications of the presidency of Mohammad Khatami by focusing on his disurse in the ntext of the intellectual trajectory of Islamic thought from the revolutionary period to the porevolutionary reformi phe.1 The Islamic disurse in Iran h been ry much

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Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle EastDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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