SOAS University of London

Centre for Iranian Studies

Muhammad Ali Foroughi and the Foundations of Iranian Aufklärung

Ramin Jahanbegloo, Jindal Global University, India

Date: 22 November 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 22 November 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber Seminar Room

Type of Event: Seminar

At the juncture between traditional cultures and modernity stand a variety of intellectuals, diverse in their origins and views, who seek to mediate the transition from traditionalism to modernisation. Almost always these intellectuals share a sense of belonging, which derives primarily from their nationalistic sentiments, and a sense of urgency which is the consequence of their belief in modernisation as the principle means through which the progress and independence of their homeland can be maintained. Iranian intellectuals began to face such dilemmas in the second half of the 19th century, and so did the Second Generation of Iranian intellectuals at a crucial period of the modern history of Iran. Nowhere can this be more clearly seen than in the early 20th century Iran, and in particular in the case of one such intellectual and statesman, Muhammad Ali Foroughi. Man of philosophy, but also man of politics, Foroughi’s life, intellectual career and political role foreshadowed the shape and the fate of modernity and liberalism in Iran.

Ramin Jahanbegloo is presently the Executive Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the Vice-Dean of the School of Law at Jindal Global University- Delhi, India. He received his BA and MA in Philosophy, History and Political Science and later his PhD in Philosophy from the Sorbonne University. He did his PostDoc at Harvard University. He was an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Research Fellow in the Centre for Ethics at University of Toronto from 2008-2012 and an Associate Professor of Political Science at York University  from 2012 – 2015. He is also a member of the advisory board of PEN Canada. He is the winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his advocacy for non-violence.

Among his twenty-seven books are Letters to a Young Philosopher (Oxford University Press 2017), Gandhi: Aux Sources de la Nonviolence (Felin,1999), The Spirit of India (Penguin 2008), Leggere Gandhi a Teheran (Marsilio 2008), The Gandhian Moment (Harvard University Press 2013), Introduction to Nonviolence (Palgrave 2013), and very recently Gadflies in Public Space: The Socratic Legacy of Dissent (Lexington Press, 2017).

Chair: Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, SOAS

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Organised by: Department of Near and Middle East Studies and the Department of Politics and International Studies in collaboration with the Centre for Iranian Studies, SOAS.

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