Category Archives: Iran

Seyyed Hossein Nasr

There was an entry on Lines from a Floating Life in June 2005 when I first got Nasr’s The Heart of Islam, which I am now reading carefully as I think what to say here on the subject soon. At the end of that entry I may have been a bit harsh. Certainly one great plus in the book is to enable the rest of us to appreciate the diversity and complexity of Islamic ideas and practices, and to grasp the import of the fact that Islam has no central authority like, say, the Vatican.

I have also just reread The Koran: A Very Short Introduction by Michael Cook which deservedly is in this Guardian list, Robert Irwin’s top 10 books on Islam and Islamic culture. It really is fascinating.

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Posted by on February 23, 2006 in America, book reviews, faith and philosophy, fundamentalism and extremism, Iran, Islam, terrorism, Top read, writers


Oil Change |

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Posted by on February 15, 2006 in America, culture wars, current affairs, globalisation/corporations, Iran, Iraq, Middle East, movies, Political, terrorism, web stuff


Love Is All

Nice title, isn’t it? The blogger [on Blogspot, gone as of 2007] is a young gay man in Teheran, and I should warn you there are some pictures there which some might find offensive, sadly. He is 20 years old. The boy below is 18 and also lives in Iran. No, I don’t know either of them, except through seeing their sites.

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They don’t exactly fit your stereotypes, do they? And why not ask: who wants to see either one dead?
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Posted by on February 6, 2006 in blogging, fundamentalism and extremism, Gay and Lesbian, generational change, human rights, interfaith, Iran, Islam, terrorism


SojoMail: Sept. 11: Ten Lessons to Learn from 9-11

I am still reading God’s Politics by Jim Wallis with considerable relish. This is republished in that book.

It was written in September 2002 but surely is worth revisiting.
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Posted by on February 5, 2006 in America, Christianity, culture wars, current affairs, events, fundamentalism and extremism, interfaith, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Multicultural, peace, Political, right wing politics, terrorism, Top read, writers


Iran again questions Holocaust – World –

Every now and again people in Iran read this blog. I feel so sorry for them; they have been through a lot since the late and generally unlamented Shah departed the scene. And now they have a “hawkish” and “hardline” leader, in other words a raving nutter. Unfortunately we also have a regime in the USA whose rational credentials are to say the least suspect.

Look, there are rational arguments that can be, and have been, mounted which question that the State of Israel in its expanded form is a good idea. There are arguments that Iranian nuclear research is at least as acceptable (or unacceptable) as Pakistan’s or India’s or China’s, or indeed Israel’s. The critique of “double standards” in the West really is rather unanswerable.

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Posted by on January 17, 2006 in Australia and Australian, book reviews, Chinese and China, culture wars, current affairs, fundamentalism and extremism, History, human rights, Indigenous Australians, Iran, Islam, Israel, Pomo, racism, right wing politics


Foreign Policy: Think Again: Iran

This one is available if you sign up for free registration. I urge you to do so. In summary, the article argues these points:

1. “If Iran Gets a Nuclear Bomb, Iran Will Use It” — Very unlikely.

2. “Iran Has No Use for Nuclear Power” — False.

3. “The Iranian People Support Their Leaders’ Nuclear Program” — Not really.

4. “Only the Threat of Force Can Dissuade Iran from Advancing with Its Nuclear Plans” — Doubtful. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 1, 2005 in America, current affairs, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, terrorism


Iraq really does have something to do with it…


The five men suspected of trying to explode bombs in London on July 21 were motivated by anger over the Iraq war, not by religion, one of the men has reportedly told Italian judges following his arrest in Rome on Friday.

Osman Hussain, 27, is also reported to have denied the group was linked to the July 7 bombers but said it saw those atrocities as a “signal” to stage its own attacks. Italian reports said Hussain was an Ethiopian-born Briton who had changed his name from Hamdi Isaac. They said the group devised the plan in a basement gym in Notting Hill, near where two of the men were arrested on Friday.

“Rather than praying, we had discussions about work, politics, the war in Iraq,” he said in comments leaked to La Repubblica and an Italian news agency.

The men, all immigrants to Britain from East African states, watched films – “especially those in which you saw women and children killed and exterminated by the English and American soldiers, or widows, mothers and daughters who were crying”.

Hussain, who appeared before Italian magistrates on Saturday for an initial extradition hearing, denied the failed bombers wanted to kill anyone but themselves “as a show” and “to spread terror”. He also denied any connection to al-Qaeda, although “we knew that they existed. We had access to their platforms through the internet but nothing direct.”…

Hardly surprising that post-Iraq War attacks just may involve at least some degree of response to the Iraq War, is it? Despite assertions to the contrary emanating from Canberra, London or Washington.

And from Indonesia:
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Posted by on August 1, 2005 in Australia and Australian, current affairs, Europe, fundamentalism and extremism, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, South-East Asia, terrorism