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Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

He is a researcher, journalist, religious intellectual, director of the AliShariatiResearchCenter, contributing editor of the banned newspaper Iran-e Farda (The Iran of Tomorrow) and a critic of current theocratic government in Iran. Having studied in the Qom seminaries, he became a political activist and an ardent disciple of Dr. Ali Shariati in the 1970s. He was elected as an independent member of the first post-revolutionary Majles, but after 1984, disillusioned with the course taken by the Islamic Republic, he devoted himself to academic, intellectual and cultural activities. In 1996 he founded the 'Dr Ali Shariati Cultural Research Centre'. Eshkevari has taught at Allameh Tabataba'i University and published more than 15 books and numerous articles in Iranian journals and newspapers.

Case History: In July 2000, following a speech delivered at the Berlin Conference in April, he was arrested and condemned to death for 'apostasy' and 'war against Islam'. The sentence was later commuted to 7 years in prison. After four and a half year in Evin, he was released in February 2005.

Ehskevari's research focuses on Islamic theology and the history of Iran and Islam, exploring the relationship between religion and political power. He is currently working a manuscript on history of Iran. He has translated several books, and his own publications include, but are not limited to, A Hundred Years of Iranian History 1879-1979 (1974), Justice in the Monotheistic Worldview (1975), Broken Idols: An Analysis of the Foundations of Twentieth Century Civilization (1977), A Review of the Study of Creation: Issues in Islamic Anthropology (1997), Religious Revivalism: Analysis and Criticism of the Contemporary Islamic Movement: Interviews with ten political-cultural figures (Tehran, first edition 1998, second edition 1999), Wisdom in the Feast of Religion (2000), In memory of the Days: Political Approaches of the Reformist Movement in Iran (2000), Islam and Democracy in Iran (2006).

Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari is also an Honorary Member of the Canadian, Danish, English, and GhanaianPENCenters.

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