Eroticism in Iranian Culture

BBC round-table with Arash Naraghi, Mehdi Khalaji, Leila Mouri and Leva Zand

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3



Milan: Agreed. It was

by vildemose on

Milan: Agreed. It was refreshing to hear these ideas in Persian. Mehdi Khalaj is one sharp dudeollah.;)

Naraghi speaks like a mollah on manbar...




Language shapes our thoughts!

by Milan on

Being in higher ed., I had heard similar ideas many English. But this time I viewed these concept in a different light, thanks to these people's unbelievable command of Persian language.

Azadeh Azad

Nothing new

by Azadeh Azad on

There is absolutely nothing new in what these two guys are saying. A total waste of time!



What is their background?

by comments on

Arash Naraghi: Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, education: M.A. and PhD. University of California, Santa Barbara.  Reference: his website

Mehdi Khalaji: A native from Qom, the center for Shi'a scholarship in Iran, Khalaji studied Islamic theology in Qom seminary, and Philosophy in Tarbiat Modarres University, which is one of the country's leading Teacher Training Institutes.  He is currently a visiting scholar at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  In November 2007, Mr. Khalaji, being a fellow at a think-tank called the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), filed a $2 million libel and defamation lawsuit against Hossein Derakhshan, over one of his blog posts in his Persian blog, in which he criticizes Khalaji for his alleged "service to the enemies of his people and humanity". Reference: wiki

p.s. (a) Visiting scholar means that he is not paid and another source (IRI?) pays him. (b) Tarbiat Modares University started the program by giving admission to a few selected numbers of people with no entrance examinations