Abdolkarim Soroush and “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran


Abdolkarim Soroush and his role in the

“Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” of Iran

(Closer of Iranian Universities for 3+ Years)


by: Ali Taalebinezhaad

May 5, 2009

As students, we have all felt the sorrow of being late to a university class. Now imagine the loss imposed to over a million of students who were prevented from going to their universities for over 3 years! This is not a hypothesis but a sad fact which happened under the title of “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran by the recommendation of a council consisted of a handful of individuals selected by Khomeini about a year after the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran.

This “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” which was spear-headed by its theoretician Hosein Haj Faraj Dabbagh (who has nicked-named himself as Abdolkarim Soroush) wanted to “Islamize” the Iranian universities but resulted in severely damaging the scientific foundation of the universities due to the departure/purge of the majority of high ranking university professors/instructors, aside from the waste of time of 1,000,000+ students for over 3 years.

It is a few years that Abdolkarim Soroush has been lingering in the US under the title of a “Islamic Theoretician and/or Rumi expert” and pretending to be a philosopher of high moral characters as he did during the time he was heading the “Supreme Cultural Revolution Council” in Iran.  Considering that he is repeating one of his talks at UMass Boston today (May 5, 2009), I hope that the attending students feel the responsibility of asking him and he having the social/moral obligation to respond to a practical/earthy unanswered question, namely:

“Dr. Soroush,

What was your role in the

 ‘Supreme Cultural Revolution Council in Iran’

and was the effect of your council decisions

on university students and professors?”


I was a senior student at “Sharif University of Technology” when universities reopened. Until this day, I vividly remember the shivering feeling I got when I realized the fact that almost all of the top and hardworking professors at my university had left/purged and I had to go to 4 different universities to complete my required courses for graduation.

The other major change was that all the university students had to take a new course called “Islamic Cultures” which I passed with the top grade by reading its text book (by Motahhari) the night before the exam. And yes, the guards at the university gate would not allow the male students who wearing short-sleeved shirts to enter the university grounds (for women, not wearing Islamic hejab was against the law already)!

The adverse consequences of “Chine’s Cultural Revolution” were known to many students in Iran, even on those days, but likes of Mr. Soroush were enjoying their power seats so much so to use the history lessons for the interests of the people. You can judge him for yourself if you attend his talk but based on what I have heard from him before, he is acting like a dissident living on Mars without addressing and/or paying any attention to real and practical problems that Iranian people are facing every day.

 More Info:

Iranian Cultural Revolution of 1980-1987 (WikiPedia)

Chinese Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976 (WikiPedia)

3 Responses to “Abdolkarim Soroush and “Islamic Cultural Revolution” in Iran”

  1. mehregan Says:

    I am a student living in Iran. Soroosh books are widely available in bookstores while any sound of dissent is crushed forcefully here. It seems that Islamic Republic of Iran does not mind his hot airs and books even in Iran.

    I am sad to say that I did not know much about his destructive role against universities and students before.Thanks for taking your valuable time and bringing these facts to light.

  2. sadegh Says:

    In persian culture when someone makes a nonsense and/or out of place statement, they say:
    “taraf sher mige!” (literally means: “he/she composing a poem.”)
    However in his case, he does not even do that but instead “recites” someone’s poem, namely Molana’s poems.

  3. mat Says:

    Soroush Interviews with “Ebarati Digar”:




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