Mohammad Rezaei

Junior Fellow

Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
October 2018–February 2019

Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»Orthodox subject positions in crisis: New religious intellectualism and alternative femininity in post-revolutionary Iran«

Project outline:
After the institutionalization of formal and political narratives of religion in 1979, counter to the hardliners domination, gradually, new spiritual and religious demands have emerged: the grass-roots wired into new-fashioned religious cults and rites, mystical experiences, on the one hand, and intellectual religious revisionism on the other. Focusing on some contemporary religious intellectuals like Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohsen Kadivar, Ahmad Ghabel, in this research, I try to argue how the alternative religious interpretations pave the ground for a critical revision in orthodox approach to femininity, and in what extend they could provide women in Iran with alternative subject positions in their everyday life. Despite the fact that new intellectualism in Iran has been studied by some scholars (i.e. Boroujerdi, 1996; Mirsepasi, 2000, 2001, 2002; Jahanbakhsh, 2003 and 2004; Khavar, 2004; Ghobadzadeh & Rahim, 2012; Adib-Moghaddam, 2015; Safari, 2015), its contribution to the reformulation of women issues in Iran remain unattended. In turn, based on an in-depth thematic analysis of speeches, books, papers, essays, interviews and videos of famous religious intellectuals, this research claims to shed lights on emergent Islamic gender subjectivities. (Mohammad Rezaei)

Research partner:
Mohammad Rezaei follows an invitation of Susanne Schröter (Professor of Ethnology at Goethe University) and the University's research center »Religiöse Positionierung. Modalitäten und Konstellationen in jüdischen, christlichen und islamischen Kontexten« (»Religious Positioning: Modalities and Constellations in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Contexts«).

Scholarly profile of Mohammad Rezaei

Mohamad Rezaei has received his doctoral degree in sociology from Tehren University in 2005. He has taught as an Assistant Professor at Tarbiat Modares University and at the University of Science and Culture in Teheran He was a co-founder and the head of the department of cultural studies at the University of Science and Culture in Teheran.

Please find more information about Mohammad Rezaei here.

Main areas of research:
Media studies, cultural and educational policy, globalisation and cultural consumption, equality and democracy in Iran

Selected publications:
  1. »The western problematic and the idea of everyday culture and life in the post-revolutionary Iran«, in: Iran Namag, vol. 2,3 (2017).
  2. »Four days of university life after Islamic revolution: From April 19 to the April 22. 1980«, in: Journal of Iran Cultural Research, vol. 10,1 (2017).
  3. Fractures in the Iranian Society. Agah Pub. 2016.
  4. Contradictions of Schooling in Iran: An Analysis of Students’ Everyday life, Tehran: Society and Culture Press, 2008.