Faltering Transition: The Conflict between Tradition and Modernity in Iran



Abdulghani Emad (Ph.D.)
Professor of Social Studies at the University of Lebanon
The question of fundamentalism and modernity is still highly topical in all forms of the modern Islamic experience. This question represents the most controversial issue since the introduction of the matter of development to the Arab and Muslim mentality, which, in certain cases, such as the Iranian model, strives to adopt universal modernity and advanced sciences and technologies and to create parallel moder concepts and ideas such as citizenship, a modern form of government, the rotation of power, the separation of powers, the social and political contract, democracy, and governing sovereignty. Recently, Iran imported some Western democratic practice, such as televised debates between candidates, to the latest presidential elections.
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