Noted Iranian Scholar to Speak on Islam and Modern Politics at Texas A&M Bush School

October 09, 2014

Abdokarim Soroush

Abdokarim Soroush, one of the leading intellectuals in the Muslim world, will speak at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University on the relationship between religion and politics. 

His presentation will be on Tuesday, October 14, at 6 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.  The event is sponsored by the Bush School’s Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and the Bodman Foundation.

After studying in the west, Soroush returned to Iran after the revolution where he initially supported the “Islamicization” of Iran’s universities, but eventually rebelled against the theocracy imposed under Ayatollah Khomeini.  In recent years, Soroush has been widely criticized in Iran and elsewhere in the Muslim world for his outspoken support of religious pluralism and democracy.

Named one of the world’s most influential thinkers by Time and Foreign Policy magazines, Abdolkarim Soroush has been a visiting professor at Harvard, a scholar in residence at Yale, and also taught at Princeton University, Columbia University, Georgetown University and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. 

Soroush’s lecture is open to the public, but reservations are required no later than October 12.  Reservations may be made online at

For additional information, contact: Don Bailey, Assistant Director, Scowcroft Institute, 979-845-1540, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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