Get a fresh start. Roula Khalaf. Report a mispronounced word. Every year, young men and women from all over the country congregate at the ideas fair here to promote their discoveries. Across a hall of exhibition stands, I spot a young man in light jeans and a blue-and-green shirt fiddling with his laptop, computer boards and paintings hanging crookedly on the wall behind him. Borders hinder progress. He lives in the Islamic Republic, which has been a pariah state for much of its existence since the revolution, consumed by radicalism and in conflict with the west. Mention progress in relation to Iran, and the image that comes up is probably of scientists working on a secret nuclear bomb.
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The process involved philosophers, sociologists, political scientists and cultural theorists. The unifying traits of these intellectuals include their recognition of reform in the Islamic thought, democracy, civil society and religious pluralism and their opposition to the absolute supremacy of the Faqih. The rise of religious intellectuals can be followed through the writings of Abdolkarim Soroush. Influenced by Persian mysticism , religious intellectuals advocated a type of reformist Islam that went beyond most liberal Muslim thinkers of the 20th century and argued that the search for reconciliation of Islam and democracy was not a matter of simply finding appropriate phrases in the Qur'an that were in agreement with modern science, democracy, or human rights.
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Trigger Random Notes 48 Comments. What does your average Iranian know about country music? Probably not very much, especially due to the repressive regime that rules the country, and rarely lets Western music be heard, let alone performed. Elf was hooked, and American country music became a life pursuit. Between and , the Dream Rovers recorded and released an album of original material called Off The Road. Along with the five original songs from Elf, it also includes three compositions that incorporate lyrics from country music songwriter Shel Silverstein into the songs. Interesting to note that Shel Silverstein is of Jewish decent—not exactly someone you may expect an Iranian songwriter to emulate, but not much about Elf and the Dream Rovers meets expectations. Though most of Western music in Iran can only exist in forbidden, underground channels, Elf and the Dream Rovers were able to present their music publicly at the Sharif University of Technology SUT in Tehran on multiple occasions, and for audiences of more than people.
Algeria is one of the few Arab and Sunni nations that has been friendly towards Iran despite Algeria is a majority Sunni while Iran is a majority Shia Islam respectively. However, although enjoying cordial relationship, sometimes relationship between two countries had been strained, with the Algerian Civil War at s, and the current situation of the Arab world towards Iran. Nonetheless, Algeria remains close and friendly tie with Iran due to its neutrality at the expense of Saudi Arabia. Algeria maintains an embassy in Tehran whilst Iran has an embassy in Algiers. After the independence of Algeria, then- Pahlavi Iran soon established relations with Algeria, but due to its remoteness and lack of interests, Algeria and Iran remained somewhat modest relations. During the war, Algeria accused Iran, alongside Saudi Arabia , Morocco , Sudan and Libya for meddling in the conflict and supporting the hardcore Armed Islamic Group of Algeria which killed nearly Iran was found to have used Sudan as a transit supporting rebels and secretly supported by Sudan. Chadli Bendjedid , then- President of Algeria , believed that Algeria could not become the other Iran,  and the Islamists, supported by both Iran and Saudi Arabia, were suppressed.