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Geneive Abdo: The Religion Factor in Iran’s Political Crisis

After Iranian officials said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won last week’s presidential election by a landslide, hundreds of thousands who supported opposition candidate Mir Hussein Moussavi took to the streets in protest. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly managing editor Kim Lawton spoke with Geneive Abdo, Iran analyst at The Century Foundation, about the religious dimensions of the crisis and the challenges it poses for the Islamic Republic’s cleric-run establishment, which is headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

  • Steven Goetz


  • Wayne Warner

    Are we looking at a potential reforming of Islam in Tehran, similar to Luther in Germany?

  • Pari

    You are dead wrong about the young Iranians not being against clerics involved in the politics. They are absolutely sick of this religious dictatorship. They are looking for a secular democratic system of government.