Monday, June 14, 2010
Nonviolent Resistance from Iranian Green Movement to the Free Gaza Flotillas
An intriguing dialogue with Professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, University of Toronto
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Ramin Jahanbegloo was born in Tehran , Iran . He has a doctorate in philosophyJahanbegloo's intellectual activity focuses on fostering constructive dialogue between divergent cultures. He has written numerous books and articles in Persian, English and French on the subject of Western philosophy and modernity. from Sorbonne University in Paris , France where he lived for twenty years. He was a post-doctorate fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University.
Upon returning to Tehran , he was appointed head of the Contemporary Philosophy Department of the Cultural Research Center . In his efforts to promote dialogue, he has interviewed scholars and intellectuals from all over the world, among them George Steiner, Noam Chomsky, Ashis Nandy and the Dalai Lama. In recent years, he invited Richard Rorty, Timothy Garton Ash, Antonio Negri, and Michael Ignatieff and other Western intellectuals to Iran .
In late April 2006, on his way to an international conference in Brussels, Jahanbegloo was arrested by the Iranian authorities. On May 3, Iran judiciary branch officials confirmed that he was arrested and sent to Evin Prison. According to some sources, he was accused of spying. On August 30, 2006, Jahanbegloo was released from prison after four months of confinement.
In 2006 and 2007 he was Rajni Kothari Professor of Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in New Delhi, India . In January, 2008 he returned to the University of Toronto as a professor of Political Science, Massey College Scholar-at-Risk, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethics at Trinity College. In 2009, he wrote a book, Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal In Conversation With Ramin Jahanbegloo. The book was inaugurated on 19th December, 2009 in New Delhi , India.
Ramin Jahanbegloo’s publications, in addition to numerous papers, include following books:
Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal In Conversation With Ramin Jahanbegloo (2009)
The Clash of Intolerances (2007)
Talking India : Conversations with Ashis Nandy (2006)
Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (Global Encounters) (2004)
Gandhi: Aux sources de la non-violence: Thoreau, Ruskin, Tolstoi (Le temps et les mots)
Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (2000)