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Abdolkarim Soroush: A Selected Bibliography

Compiled by Ali M. Aliabadi


November 8, 2004


A. Primary Sources


Soroush, Abdolkarim. Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of Abdolkarim Soroush. Translated, Edited, and with a Critical Introduction by Mahmoud Sadri and Ahmad Sadri. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.


---.  Non-Causal Theory of Justice in Rumi’s Work.  Binghamton, NH:   Global Publications, 1992.


---." The Evolution and Devolution of Religious Knowledge". in Charles Kurzman, ed. Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998., PP. 244-254.


---. “The Expansion and Contraction of Religious Knowledge"(Lecture Delivered at McGill University, Institute of Islamic Studies, April 13, 1995), November 15, 1997. , PP.1-6.


---." Conversation with Dr. Soroush". Translated by Nilou Mobasser. Jameh. On 6/16/98, 6/17/98, 6/28/98, 6/29/98.


---.  " Conversation with Abdol-Karim Soroush: Intellectuals ; The Powerless Wielders of Power". Translated by Nilou Mobasser. 4/11/2000.PP. 1-46.


---.  “Contraction and Expansion of Women's Rights: An Interview with Dr. Abdol-Karim Soroush. " Translated by Nilou Mobasser. 4/28/2000., PP. 1-10.


---.  “Faith and Hope: An Interview with Abdol Karim Soroush." Translated by Nilou Mobasser. 9/22/2000., PP. 1-25.


---.  “Types of Religiosity." 9/22/2000., PP. 1-12.


---.  “Rights to the End They Didn't Know Where They Were Meant to Be Going: Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush About the Cultural Revolution and Things that Were Supposed to Happen and to Be." Translated by Nilou Mobasser. 5/8/2000., PP. 1-17.


---.  “Letter to President Khatami. " Tehran Times Daily. December 7, 1998. PP. 1-3.


---. “The Word and The Speaker: A Hermeneutic Circle". First Joint Theological Symposium: Christians and Muslims in Dialogue.  (July 6-8, 1992.) Selly Oak Colleges, Birmington, UK.


---.CNN Interview with Dr. Soroush. (June 1997) with Christian Amanpour, PP.1-3.


---.  “Dr. Soroush's Response to Reports by a Monthly Journal in Kyian. No. 33, Nov. /Dec. 96", PP.1-2.


---." Dr. Soroush's Interview with SERAJ, April 1997. PP.1-5.


---.  " Soroush Among Those for and Against." Jameah(Morning Daily). June 16, 17, 1998.  PP. 12&12.( English translation in www.netiran.com.).


---.  " Scientific Development, Political Development." Kian Monthly Review. Vol. 10, No. 54 (October-November 2000). Translated for Payvand.Com by Roya Monajem.


---.   “Truth, Reason, Salvation" in a Soroush, Seratha-yi Mostaqim. Tehran: Serat Cultural Institue, 1377/1998.  PP. 137-196.


---.  “Religion, Thought and Reformation: An Interview with Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush."  Jameh Madani.  Translated for Payvand.com by Roya Monajem., 2001.


---.  “Reason and Freedom in Islamic Thought.”  CSID Second Annual Conference Keynote Speech.  Muslim DemocratVol. 4, No. 1 (January 2002),    PP. 2-3.


---.  “Come to the Revolution: An Interview.”  New Scientist.  August 2003.  www.newscientist.com


---.  “Ethics and Ethical Critiques: An Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush by Sa’id Ra’I for the Iranian Labour News Agency.”  January 2004.


---.  “An Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush by Iranian Truth.” Translated by Nilou Mobasser. August 21, 2003.


---.  “Democracy and Rationality: An Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush by Shargh Newspaper.” Translated by Nilou Mobasser.  January 2004.


---.  “If Shiite Majority Comes to Power in Iraq, It Will Enhance Democracy in Iran (An Interview).” NPQ: Global Viewpoint.  February 20, 2004.  Internet Version.


---.  “Islamic Democracy and Islamic Governance: An Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush.”  www.axisoflogic.com, March 29, 2004.


---.  “Islamic Democracy and Islamic Governance: Remarks by Abdolkarim Soroush & Charles Butterworth.”  The Middle East Institute, November 21, 2000.


---.  “The Responsibilities of the Muslim Intellectual in the 21st Century: Interview with Abdolkarim Soroush.” In Farish a. Noor, ed. New Voices of Islam.  Leiden, Netherlands: International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World, 2002, PP.  15-22 and Muslim WakeUp, Inc.


---.  “ Dr. Soroush’s ‘Muslim Democrat of the Year Award’ Acceptance Speech.”   May 28, 2004.


---.  “Soroush Among Those for and Against: An Interview”.  (Jameah(Morning Daily).  June 16, 17, 1998. PP. 12 & 12.


---.  Original Persian Works. 38 Volumes to Date. Tehran, Iran: Serat Cultural Institute (Main Publisher), 1977-2003.


B. Secondary Sources


---. Abdo, Geneive and Jonathan Lyons.  Answering Only to God: Faith and Freedom in Twenty-First-Century IranNew York: A John Macrae Book, Henry Holt & Company, 2003. , Chapter 5: Reinventing the Islamic Republic. , PP. 145-150.


---. Amin Razavi, Mehdi.  “Islamic Philosophy in the Modern Islamic World: Persia" in Seyyed Hussein Nasr and Oliver Leaman, eds. History of Islamic Philosophy. Two Volumes. London and New York: Routledge, 1996., PP. 1037-1050.


---. Ansari, Ali M.  Iran, Islam and Democracy: The Politics of Managing Change. London: The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2000, PP.  70-81.


---. Boroujerdi, Mehrzad. “The Encounter of Post-Revolutionary Thought In Iran with Hegel, Heidegger and Popper" in Serif Mardin, ed. Cultural Transitions in the Middle East. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994. , PP. 236-259.


---. Brumberg, Daniel.  Reinventing Khomeini: The Struggle for Reform in Iran. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2001.


---. Bugaje, Usman. “Contemporary Muslim Response to The Challenge of Knowledge: Seperating The Grain From The Caff." Encounters: Journal of Inter-Cultural Perspective.  Vol.2, No.1 (March 1996), PP. 43-70.


---. Cooper, John. “The Limits of the Sacred: The Epistemology of 'Abd al-karim Soroush'" in John Cooper, et al, eds. Islam and Modernity: Muslim Intellectuals Respond.  London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 1998. , PP. 38-56.


---. Dabashi, Hamid.  “ Blindness and Insight: The Predicament of a Muslim Intellectual .“ in Ramin, Jahanbegloo, ed.  Iran Between Tradition and Modernity.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2004., PP. 95-116.


---. Dahlen, Ashk.  Islamic Law, Epistemology and Modernity: Legal Philosophy in Contemporary Iran. London and New York: Routledge, 2003. Chapter VI & VII, PP.  187-342.


---. “Towards an Islamic Discourse of Uncertainty and Doubt.” ISIM  Newsletter.  No. 10 (July 2002), P. 22.


---. Dallmayer, Fred.  Dialogue Among Civilizations: Some Exemplary Voice.  New York: Palgave/Macmillan, 2002. , Chapter on Islam and Demcracy.


---. Esposito, John L. and John O. Voll.  Makers of Contemporary Islam.  Oxford and New York:  Oxford University Press, 2001., Chapter 7.


---. Esposito, John L., ed.  The Oxford Dictionary of Islam Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2003., “ Soroush, Abd al-Karim.”, P. 299.


---. Filali-Ansary, Abdou.  “Ideas of New Muslim Reformers Talking Root.”  The Straits   Times.  Singapor, July 21, 2004.


---. Ghamari-Tabrizi, Behrooz  Islamism and the Quest for the Alternative Modernities.  Ph.D. Dissertation. University of California, Santa Cruz, 1998.


---.   Islam and Dissent in Post-Revolutionary Iran: The Religious Politics of Abdolkarim Soroush. London and New York: I.B.Tauris,   2002.


---.  “Contentious Public Religion: Two Conceptions of Islam in Revolutionary Iran: Ali Shari’ati  and Abdolkarim Soroush.”  International Sociology. Vol. 19, No. 4 (2004), PP.  504-523.


---. Huff, Toby.  " Reason, Freedom, and Democracy in Islam: Essential Writings of  Abdolkarim Soroush." (Review Article).  Unpublished. 2001.


 ---. Irfani, Suroosh.  “New Discourses and Modernity in Post Revolutionary Iran. " The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. Vol. 13, No. 1(Spring 1996), PP.     13-27.


---. Jahanbakhsh, Forough Islam, Democracy and Religious Modernism in Iran ( 1953-2000 ): From Bazargan to Soroush. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001., Chapter 5., PP.      140-171.


---.  “Religious and Political Discourse in Iran: Moving Toward Post-Fundamentalism.” The Brown Journal of World Affairs. Volume IX, Issue 2 ( Winter / Spring 2003), PP. 243-254.


---.  “ Abdolkarim Soroush New ‘Revival of Religious Sciences’.” ISIM NewsletterNo. 8 (September 2001), P. 21. 


---. Jalaei Pour, H. R.  The Iranian Islamic Revolution: Mass Mobilization and Its Continuity During 1976-96. Ph.D. Dissertation, Royal Holloway, University of  London, 1997.  Chapter 6:  Section 3: The Emergence of a Modern Intellectual Climate and the Change in the Ideological Scene: 1988-1996.  


---.  “Religious Intellectuals and Political Action int the Reform Movement." Paper prepared for Delivery at the conference on Intellectual Trends in 20th Century Iran." at Princeton University on 21st October 2000.


---. Kamali, Hossein. "The Theory of Expansion and Contraction of Religion: A Research Program  For Islamic Revivalism( An Iranian Perspective)". In SERAJ.Org(Internet).1995., pp. 1-7.


---. Kurzman, Charles.  “Liberal Islam: Prospects and Challenges."  Middle East Review of  International Affairs.  Vol. 3, No. 3(September 1999).


---.  “Liberal Islam and Its Islamic Context." in Charles Kurzman, ed. Liberal Islam: A Sourcebook.  Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.


---. Lewis, Franklin D.  Rumi: Past and Present, East and West; The Life, Teaching and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi. Oxford, UK: Oneworld Publications, 2000.

            " Rumi as Exponent of Human Liberation in Revolutionary Iran.", PP. 489-498.


---. MacFarquhar, Neil. " Backlash of Intolerance: Stirring Fear In Iran." New York Times. Vol. CXVI, No. 50, 556(Friday, September 20, 1996), PP. A1 and 6.


---. Matin- Asghari, Afshin. "  Abdulkarim Soroush and The Secularization of Islamic Thought In Iran." Iranian Studies. Vol. 30, No.1-2 (Winter/Spring 1997), PP. 95-            115.


---.  “Debating Religion and Politics in Iran: The Political Thought of  Abdolkarim Sorush."(Review Article). Iranian Studies. Volume 31, No. 2 (Spring 1998), PP. 294-296.


---. Menashri, David.  Post Revolutionary Politics in Iran. Religion, Society and Power. London: Frank Cass, 2002.


---. Miller, Judith.  God Has Ninety Nine Names: Reporting From A Militant Middle East. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1996. Chapter “Iran", PP. 429-465.


---. Mir-Hosseini, Ziba.  Islam and Gender: The Religious Debate in Contemporary Iran. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999., Chapter Seven: Challenges and Complicities: Abdolkarim Sorush and Gender., PP. 217-246.


---.  “Religious Modernists and the ‘Woman Question’.  In Eric Hooglund, ed.  Twenty Years of Islamic Revolution:Political and Social Transition in Iran Since 1979.  Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002.,    PP. 74-95.


---. Montaigne, Fen.  “Iran: Testing the Waters of Reform."  National Geographic. Vol. 196, No.1 (July 1999), PP. 2-33.


---. Noorani, A. G.  “Ferment in Muslim Thinking.”(Review Article)  The Hindu.  Vol. 20, Issue 8 (2002), pp. 1-9. www.hinduonnet.com


---. Noorbaksh, Mehdi.  “Religion, Politics and Ideological Trends in Contemporary Iran.”  In Jamal S. al-Suwaidi, eds.  Iran and the Gulf: Search for Stability.  Abu  Dhabi United Arab Emirate: The Emirate Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 1996. PP. 15-46.


---. Parsa, Ali.  “ Naghdi va daramadi bar tazaad-e dialectii ( A Critique and a Prologue to Dialectical Contradiction )-Book Review.” The Journal of Iranian Research and  Analysis.  Vol. 20, No. 1 (April 2004), PP. 141-148.


---. Reed, Fred A. Persian Postcard: Iran After Khomeini. Vancouver, Canada: Talonbooks, 1994. PP. 130-134.


---. Roy, Oliver.  “The Crisis of Religious Legitimacy in Iran.” The Middle East Journal. Vol. 53, No. 2 (1996), PP.  201-216.


---. Ruthven, Malise.  Islam in the World. Second Edition.  Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.


---. Sadri, Ahmad.  “Review of Ashk Dahlen’s Deciphering the Meaning of Revealed Law: The Soroshian Paradigm in Shi’i Epistemology.”  Received from the Author by E-mail. 


---. Sadri, Mahmoud.  “Sacral Defense of Secularism: Dissident Political Theology in Iran.” In Negin Nabavi, ed.  Intellectual Trends in Twentieth-Century Iran: A Critical Survey.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003.  Chapter 8, PP. 180-192.


---. Seraj. “News Update on Dr. Soroush" SERAJ(November 1997), PP. 1-8.


---.  “A Biography of Dr. Abdolkarim Soroush". SERAJ(November 1997), PP. 1-6.


---. Shadid, Anthony.  Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats, and the New Politics of   Islam. Boulder, CO:  Westview Press, 2001.Chapters 6 & 7: PP. 187-250.


---. Shirazi, Asghar.  The Constitution of Iran: Politics and the State in the Islamic   Republic. Trans. John O'Kane.  London and New York: I.B. Tauris, 1997. Chapter 6, PP. 277-290.


---. Vahdat, Farzin.  God and Juggernaut: Iran's Intellectual Encounter With Modernity. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2002. Chapter 5: Postrevolutionary    Discourses, the Contraction and Expansion of Subjectivity. , PP. 182-211.


---.  “Post-Revolutionary Islamic Discourses on Modernity in Iran: Expansion and Contraction of human Subjectivity.” International Journal of Middle East Studies.  Vol. 35, No. 4 (November 2003), PP. 599-631. 


---. Vakili, Valla. Debating Religion and Politics in Iran: The Political Thought of Abdolkarim Soroush. Occasional Paper Series, No. 2. New York: Council on Foreign Relations, 1996.


---. Wright, Robin.  The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran. With   a New Afterword by the Author.  New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001. Chapter 2: The Islamic Reformation., PP. 32-76.


---.  Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam.  Updated with New Chapters. New York: A Touchstone Book, Simon & Schuster, 2001. , Chapter 10: The Scorecard, PP. 269-287.


---" Islam and Liberal Democracy: Two Visions of Reformation". Journal of  Democracy. Vol. VII No. 2 (April 1996), PP.64-75.


---." Iran's Greatest Political Challenge: Abdulkarim Soroush". World Policy Journal. Vol. XIV No. 2(Summer 1997), PP. 66-74.


---. “Dateline Tehran: A Revolution Implodes". Foreign Policy. No. 103(Summer 1996), PP. 161-174.


---. “An Iranian Luther Shakes The Foundations of Islam". The Guardian.  Feb.1, 1995.


---.  “Iran’s New Revolution." Foreign Affairs. January/February 2000., PP.133-145.


---.  “Iran, Now a Hotbed of Islamic Reforms." latetimes.com  Friday, December 29, 2000. , PP.1-9.


---. Yaghmaian, Behzad.  Social Change in Iran: An Eyewitness Account of Dissent,  Defiance, and New Movements for Rights.  Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002. Chapter Ten: The Great Debate: A Republic or Velayat-E Faghih?, PP. 205-224.



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