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Sehaty Foreign Exchange


February 2, 2001


"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." Theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, as quoted by Senator Patrick Leahy of the Judiciary Committee, on the Senate Floor, February 1, 2001.

All in all, I consider Dr. Tehranian's inclusionary and progressive views ["Pacific Islam"] as a helpful constituent of the enlightenment that is taking place in our civil-society (Jameah Madani), and in the larger scheme of things.

Faced with a reductionist and selective treatment of Shia tenets, it is very prudent of Dr. Tehranian not to respond directly to a voice that trivializes culture and heritage; no doubt this wisdom comes from years of experience as a teacher and activist.

Many years ago, through friends who had high regard for his work, I came across Mr. Tehranian's name as an engage intellectual who had been to Harvard. I myself, have a particular respect for those scholars and academics who are concerned about pluralism and social justice; no wonder that as a young man he was affected by the 1953 coup, and lived to tell about it and research the concepts of political repression and legitimacy.

Of all the number of articles and books I read about the revolution, I felt his piece "Alienation, Communication and Revolution" in The Journal of Communications, provided the best analysis. When I gave a copy to my professor, it became required reading for the class.

Tehranian's participation in this forum is a blessing, for I guess it's his excitement about the field of communications and the Internet phenomenon that makes his scholarship accessible to The IranianTimes audience.

Some of us may be "lodged abroad;" yet, we are fortunate to not be living in "Talkh-Aabaad" or "SpitenVille."

Farid Marjai


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