The writer is Noor-York Chair in Islamic Studies, York University, Toronto.
For Mishima, suicide was both an aesthetic and a heroic action. He considered true beauty as an erotic and sensual expression of death.
Religions are not only about our beliefs but about what we do with our beliefs
The Gandhian appeal to the ethical in politics was not only a way to seek Truth, but also of coming to know oneself in ever-greater depth. The Gandhian effort for non-violent politics was a cultivation of one’s capacity for ethical citizenship.
Though the normalisation agreement between the UAE and Israel has elicited a frenzy of media coverage, its impact on Iranian politics will depend on two other factors, which are the result of the presidential election in the United States and the outcome of Benjamin Netanyahu’s corruption trial.
Today, more than 50 years after Malcolm X’s assassination, the destiny of Black Americans remains divided between the two dreams of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.
If the pandemic continues, the Iranian conservatives, represented by the clerics and the Revolutionary Guards, will have to open up spaces for dialogue and hold consultations with the country’s professional classes. The government has already failed to respond adequately by not paying heed to the opinions of experts.
It goes without saying that the consolidation of power by Iranian hardliners will open a new chapter of illiberalism and state violence in Iranian politics.
An original thinker, George Steiner’s mark on our intellectual scene is indelible.
At the end of the day, even an ideologically-oriented country like Iran needs a breakthrough with the Donald Trump administration if regional calm is to be restored. Maybe this is the key to understanding the geopolitics of the new Middle East.
The assassination has come at a time when the Iranian regime is facing unprecedented social unrest. It faces a huge legitimacy crisis because of the massacre of nearly a thousand people during the popular uprisings of November 2019.
Today, Indians have to choose between the Gandhian paradigm of civic nationalism or a second assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.
Let us not forget that the strategies of non-violent resistance, dissent and non-cooperation suggested by Havel were presented by him as different ontological modes of living within truth. They became successful in 1989 by echoing an ethical dimension of politics in all of Eastern Europe.
As the Gandhian moment of Catalonia is showing the world, democracy is not only about institutions, law-making and carrying on governmental administration by means of popular suffrage and elected officers.
His best known work, Being and Time (Sein und Zeit), although notoriously difficult and complex, is generally considered to be the most important philosophical work of the 20th century.
The world needs another Woodstock and all that it stood for.
Like the iconic cartoon mouse, Iran is using brinkmanship, asymmetrical military tactics against the US
A decade later, the peaceful Green Movement continues to inspire Iranians worldwide.
The million-dollar question is: How can Iran defuse one of this era’s most serious crises?
Iran has no way to impose economic sanctions on the US and its allies in the Middle East. But its militias and proxies can retaliate to any military provocation from the US or Israel.
Now there is a strong feeling among the Algerians that even if the state is controlled by a few individuals, they have the power to bring down the government.
The resignation of Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is a setback for reforms in the Islamic republic
Forty years after the Islamic Revolution, Iran’s regime is increasingly challenged by its people.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, holds lessons for a more equitable future.
New US sanctions can hurt Iran. But they also risk alienating young Iranians from America
The global movement is the unfinished business of the 21st century