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A Short Report on a Long Intellectual Journey

Delivered on 12 October 2013 at Harvard University on the occasion of receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award in Humanities from SINA Homa Katouzian I feel honoured by the honour that SINA has showered on us and proud that I have this opportunity to say a few words to this distinguished audience. The establishment of SINA is quite timely [...]

Sayyed Hasan Taqizadeh: Three Lives in a Lifetime

Homa Katouzian Published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 32, 1, April 2012 Sayyed Hasan Taqizadeh was a revolutionary leader, a politician, an intellectual journalist, a diplomat, a university teacher and a scholar of Persian classics both in history and literature. Through a long and often turbulent career [...]

LEGITIMACY AND SUCCESSION IN IRANIAN HISTORY

Published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and he Middle East, 23, 1&2, 2003 ABSTRACT In Iran, both before and after Islam, the ruler was thought to be God’s vicegerent on earth and, unlike Europe, his legitimacy was not dependent on the law of primogeniture. Thus he was not bound by any written or unwritten law or [...]

THE SHORT-TERM SOCIETY: A COMPARATIVE STUDY IN THE PROBLEMS OF LONG-TERM POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMNT IN IRAN

Published in Middle Eastern Studies, 40, 1, January 2004 Iran was a short-term society in contrast to Europe’s long-term society. It was a society in which change - even important and fundamental change - tended to be a short-term phenomenon. And this was precisely due to the absence of an established and inviolable legal framework [...]

The Revolution for Law: A Chronographic Analysis of the Constitutional Revolution of Iran

  The Revolution for Law: A Chronographic Analysis of the Constitutional Revolution of Iran[1]                                 Homa Katouzian Published in Middle Eastern Studies, 47, 5, September 2011, pp. 757-777   The discovery of Law In 1906 a constitution laid down the rules and procedures for [...]

POET-LAUREATE BAHAR IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL ERA

Published in IRAN, British Society of Persian Studies, 2002[1] Bahar is generally regarded as the last distinguished poet writing within the structure of classical Persian prosody, although much of his living poetry is freshly modern in substance, use of words and figures of speech. Apart from that, he was active in the Constitutional Era, [...]

European Liberalisms and Modern Concepts of Liberty in Iran

Published in Homa Katouzian Iranian History and Politics (Rouledge, 2007) The subject One hundred years ago there was a massive revolution in Iran primarily for the establishment of law and lawful government. This may still come as a surprise to some who are nurtured and versed in the history of modern Europe. Modern European [...]

TOWARDS A GENERAL THEORY OF IRANIAN REVOLUTIONS

There is no universal theory of revolutions if only because no scientific theory can be universal. Neither is there even a general theory of European revolutions. But elements of such a theory do exist, including the crucial fact that European revolutions, though very different in time and space, were revolts against the ruling social [...]

Ribā is Forbidden but Interest is Permitted in Islam

I. The problem If there is one thing on which all the different Islamic sects are united, it is the law of prohibition of ribā.  Yet, the precise application of the law has always been a subject of argument and interpretation among Islamic jurists (fuqahā) and religious leaders.  In recent years, the significant increase in income and wealth [...]

Sa‘di and Sufism

Homa Katouzian Despite his universally acclaimed eloquence and clarity of expression, Sa‘di’s opinions, attitudes and ideas have been described in different, frequently conflicting, terms. He has been described as a sceptic, a pragmatist, a humanitarian, a moralist, an unethical writer, a religious preacher, and an Islamic mystic. Often, a [...]

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