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Renowned Iranian Scholar Abdulkarim Soroush to speak at TWU forum Nov. 16


DENTON — Dr. Abdulkarim Soroush – one of the world’s most prominent Islamic scholars – will be the guest speaker at a Texas Woman’s University public affairs forum Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Led by Dr. Soroush, “Reforming Islamic Societies: Problems and Prospects” will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in room 204 of the Classroom Faculty Office Building (CF0) located on TWU’s Denton campus. For a map of the Denton campus, visit The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email or call 940-898-2052.

Named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2005, Dr. Soroush is the director of the Institute for Epistemological Research in Tehran and a former senior fellow of Iran’s Academy of Sciences. In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He also has held regular visiting professorships at Princeton, Yale and Harvard universities and at the University of Amsterdam.

Dr. Soroush pursued his graduate studies in England before returning to his native Iran in 1979 at the onset of the Islamic revolution. He became an advocate of Islamic ideology and was part of Iran’s cultural revolution of the 1980s, a project that imposed Islamic curricula on Iranian universities. Eventually Dr. Soroush became highly critical of the political role played by the Iranian clergy, which led to his exile to Europe and the U.S., where he is a frequent national speaker on Islamic reform. He also has published more than a dozen books on his views of Islamic society, religion and politics.

The TWU College of Arts and Sciences is hosting Dr. Soroush as part of its Public Affairs Forums and as part of TWU’s Global Connections Initiative, whose theme is “Explore the World at TWU.” For more information, visit

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