author: Shahram Akbarzadeh

  • INTERNATIONAL

    Reinterpreting Islam

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 01 April 2008
    10 Comments

    Recently it was widely reported that the Vatican is updating its 'list' of sins. Less publicity has been given to the re-interpretation projects of Islamic religious authorities — activities that challenge stereotypes of Islamic law as fixed and static.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Ideology not Iran's main game

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 06 March 2008
    2 Comments

    Iran is presented as an irrational actor, blinded by fanatical rage against the United States and its allies. But geo-strategic factors govern foreign policy-making in Tehran, just as they do in other states.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The other Islamic revolution

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 27 February 2007
    3 Comments

    A quiet revolution is being carried out by ordinary men and women who happen to be Muslim, but are otherwise undistinguishable from the rest of the community. Muslims living in Australia don't have to turn their backs to religion to be good citizens, indeed they're turning to the essentials of their faith to fulfil their citizenship.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hope for Iran in rise of moderate Rafsanjani

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 22 January 2007
    1 Comment

    The ascendancy of Hashemi Rafsanjani, who recently won the most votes in elections for the Council of Experts, is seen as a vote of no confidence in President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s tenure.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Is the Australian media Islamophobic?

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 29 May 2006

    Journalists may be fully aware of the issues that affect our multicultural society and may even be sympathetic to the Muslim community. But such efforts take place within the framework of media competition and an unrelenting drive for more readers and a greater market share.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Iran plays the justice card

    • Shahram Akbarzadeh
    • 18 May 2006
    5 Comments

    Dr Shahram Akbarzadeh considers the historical context of the current nuclear impasse, and its relevance for relations between East and West.  

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