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Islam Islam
Islam is a religious tradition stressing submission to God according to the revelations to the prophet Muhammad (570/571-632 CE), whom Muslims hold to be the last in a line...
Iran
The tight link between politics and Shi'a Islam that characterizes contemporary Iran is the product of a long and often contentious history. Islam came to Iran, the...

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Alliance of Civilizations Alliance of Civilizations
Established in 2005 at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey under the auspices of the United Nations, the Alliance of Civilizations focuses on improving...

Khatamimohammad

Mohammad Khatami

Mohammad Khatami is an Iranian cleric and politicians who was the fifth president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, holding office from 1997 to 2005. A reforming moderate, Khatami argued in favor of a "Dialogue of Civilizations" with the West and oversaw social and political liberalization in Iran. Educated at a traditional Islamic madrasa, he went on to earn a B.A. in Western philosophy at Isfahan and studied Educational Sciences at Tehran University but always maintained his status as a Muslim cleric. Khatami was elected in 1997 with 70 percent of the vote as the most socially moderate candidate. During his time in office he pushed for greater dialogue with the United States. Khatami has been a member of the High-level Group, a body of twenty international leaders in the fields of politics, academia, civil society, international finance, and media guiding the work of the Alliance of Civilizations since 2005.
Islam in a Pluralistic World
November 14, 2005