• Religious Minorities in Iran: Violence, Resistance and Hope by Fred Petrossian*

    It is enough just to take a look at the newborn babies in an Iranian hospital. The future of a child under the rule of the Islamic Republic, even with hard work and high intelligence, can be easily predicted in a few words. The child for the rest of his/her life will be deprived of the most fundamental human and civil rights because he/she comes from a family belonging to a religious minority. In the future, he/she may be called Najis, or unclean; he/she may be sent to prison and even forced to …

  • Misreading the Madisonian Theory of Religious Freedom by Luke M. Herrington

    As advanced by Thomas Farr (2008) and others,1 contemporary international religious freedom theory sees religious freedom as an essential component to international stability and domestic prosperity. Perhaps the leading proponent of this school of thought in American foreign policy circles, Farr grounds his personal ideas about religious freedom in the works of the American “Founding Fathers”—in particular, the works of James Madison. Although his invocation of Madisonian thought seems primarily…

  • The Biden Presidency and International Religious Freedom by Jeffrey Haynes, London Metropolitan University

    Jeffrey Haynes was interviewed on 20 April by Rupa Shenoy of "The World", US public radio’s longest-running daily global news program. The goal is to engage domestic US audiences with international affairs through human-centered journalism that consistently connects the global to the local and builds empathy for people around the world. Shenoy's story on International Religious Freedom will be broadcast on Monday 26 April. Question: To the extent you can say, what was the impact on the world …

  • Al Jazeera Net (AJN) interview with Jeffrey Haynes on his book: Trump and the Politics of Neo-Nationalism

    Al Jazeera Net (AJN) interview with Jeffrey Haynes on his book: Trump and the Politics of Neo-Nationalism Posted on AJN, 28 March 2021. (Arabic version at: https://www.aljazeera.net/news/cultureandart/2021/3/28/%D8%AD%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%AC%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%87%D8%A7%D9%8A%D9%86%D8%B2-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AC%D8%B2%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D9%86%D8%AA-%D8%AD%D9%88%D9%84?fbclid=IwAR0o5iItLIBuMKRzDz2wZBN4p8rt3iY5ulucV1U-Mmc34xSwGC_q1hMcTZA) AJN: You mentioned in your important book th…

  • Religious Minorities in Iran: Persecution Meets Resistance by Fred Petrossian*

    Security forces break into your house in the middle of the night. They confiscate your cell phones, photos, and religious books. They interrogate you, and maybe even have you beaten and jailed. You will be deprived of your business and education. Your crime, in the eyes of the Islamic Republic, is your religious identity—and the authorities will do all they can to break it. Many members of religious minorities who have not surrendered to the will of the regime and its de-identification policies …