Iran

Culture
4:53 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

MSU History Professor on 'The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq & Iran'

Dr. Zackery Heern on Sounds Good
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray State University Assistant Professor of History Dr. Zackery Heern says modern Shi'ism started with the "modernity" in general - around the 1700s, roughly the same time as the Enlightenment in Europe, birth of the United States and French Revolution. He's published a book titled The Emergence of Modern Shi'ism: Islamic Reform in Iraq and Iran. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Heern about his research and gains some context and clarity into the historical differences between Shi'ism and Sunnism.

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Commentary
11:55 am
Tue July 14, 2015

The Wisdom of Poignant Memory: Reflections on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Dr. Brian Clardy in the MSU TV studio
Credit Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Note: The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the commentator and don't necessarily reflect the views of WKMS.

As world leaders and U.S. presidential candidates react to the historic agreement between P5+1 countries including the United States and Iran regarding their nuclear program, Murray State history professor with a focus on diplomatic history Dr. Brian Clardy weighs in with his thoughts on the deal putting into context events of the late 1970s and mid 1980s.

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Commentary
9:08 am
Thu December 13, 2012

The Baha’i Faith: A History of Persecution in Iran

Credit Zackery Heern

Members of the Baha’i Faith are currently experiencing the latest wave of persecution at the hands of the Iranian government. The Baha’i Faith is the second largest religious community in Iran after Shi‘i Islam. It is also the second most geographically widespread religion in the world.

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Commentary
9:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Recurring Trials for an Iranian Family – A Microcosm of the Persecution of the Baha’is in Iran

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Late last month, my uncle and five other Baha’is were taken from the town of Gorgan in Iran to Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where their fate remains a mystery.  This latest round of persecution began the month before.  I became aware of it on October 17, when I received a late night phone call informing me that my uncle, Kamal Kashani, was arrested along with a number of other Baha’is in Gorgan for being members of the Baha’i Faith, the largest non-Muslim religious minority in Iran.

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