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Mohsen Kadivar is a theologian and public intellectual currently holding positions as visiting research professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center, and a global ethics fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. His main intellectual are human rights and democracy in Islam, classical and modern Shi’a theology and legal theories, Shi’a political thought, classical Islamic philosophy, and modern Qurʾanic studies. Author of over twenty books in English, Persian, and Arabic, his most recent Persian books are Criticism of Punishment on Apostasy and Blasphemy and Dissident Ayatollahs; his most recent articles in English are “Revisiting Women’s Rights in Islam: ‘Egalitarian Justice’ in lieu of ‘Deserts-based Justice’” (2013) and “Routinizing the Iranian Revolution” (2013). In 2009, he was selected by the TED organization to be a member of the Council of Conscience, a group of spiritual leaders selected to draft the Charter for Compassion.