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Iran: Theocracy and Democracy

Monday, April 28, 2003

WAMU American University Radio “The Kojo Nnamdi Show” / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen As Iraq’s Shiite Muslims emerge from Saddam’s shadow, we go inside neighboring Iran to examine a government they may emulate – one that adds a splash of democracy to a religious theocracy. Afkhami says that in Iran elections include pre-selected candidates, chosen according to values in line with theocratic arrangements.

Iran And Its National Debate On The Merits of Democracy

Friday, January 21, 2000

WAMU American University Radio "The Kojo Nnamdi Show" / By Kojo Nnamdi / Listen Since the election of the reformist President Mohammed Khatemi in Iran two years ago, Iran’s conservatives have engaged in a heated political battle with an active reformist movement calling for democratic initiatives. Kojo and guests discuss Iran’s national debate on the merits of democracy.

Iran: Leadership

Sunday, August 22, 1999

NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” / By Ted Clark / Listen NPR reports on the power struggle now going on in Iran between those who want to maintain hardline fundamental policies and those who want democratic reform. “It is not a minor squabble… it is a deep search for a change that will bring democratic processes… It will affect the whole region,” Afkhami says.

Democracies Love Peace, Don’t They?

Sunday, June 1, 1997

The New York Times / By Barbara Crossette Ever since the American Revolution, Americans have believed that democracies are the most enlightened form of government and, by their nature, should be friends and allies. Then along came Mohammed Khatami.

About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Democracy

"Tuned to the law, Muslim societies are historically and structurally receptive to democracy's motto of 'government of law not of men' ". - Faith and Freedom

"Religious zeal makes democracy problematic because it turns every attempt at understand and compromise - the hallmarks of democracy - into an evidentiary test of religious righteousness." - Rights of Passage