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Prof. Mohsen Kadivar: “Theology, Ethics, Politics: Three Challenges for Islamic Reform”

November 12, 2014 | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

How should Islamic teachings relate to the specific conditions of modernity? Islamic Reform is the effort of Muslims to reconstruct Islamic teachings and practice in modern times. This lecture addresses the challenge of reforming Islamic doctrines in three related areas: theology, ethics and politics, with special reference to Shi`ism. It will be illustrated by critical reflections on concepts of religious authority (the position of the Imams), Shari’a as an ethical tradition in dialogue with modernity, and the necessity of secularism in terms of separation of mosque and state.

Prof. Mohsen Kadivar is the Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.

For more information, see here or contact Susan Booth at

Sponsors: UNC Office of the Provost, Duke University Office of the Provost, Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.


November 12, 2014
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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