Though it had the potential to turn violent, Iran’s Green Movement was determined to seek dialogue with the state. In doing so, it put back in the bottle the genie of violence released by the Khomeini revolution thirty years earlier, writes Ramin Jahanbegloo.
was born in Tehran, Iran, and received his PhD in philosophy from the Sorbonne. He is the author of 20 books, including Conversations with Isaiah Berlin (1991), Gandhi: aux sources de la non-violence (1998), and Iran: Between Tradition and Modernity (ed.) (2004). Also a citizen of Canada, Jahanbegloo taught in Toronto, Delhi, and Tehran; he has been responsble for bringing scores of prominent Western intellectuals to Iran, including Jürgen Habermas, Richard Rorty, Noam Chomsky, Toni Negri, and Edward Said.
Today, we are not experiencing a clash of civilizations, but a clash of intolerances, writes Ramin Jahanbegloo. “We must encourage opposing forces to adhere to values of moderation, tolerance, and non-violence”, claims the Teheran academic and philosopher, who is currently under arrest in Iran.