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Sabah Mofidi

Mofidi, Sabah

Scholars-at-Risk Fellow

The Political Function of Religion in Nationalistic Confrontations, with a focus on Kurdistan and Iran

Project Description

The relationship between religion and politics has always been one of the most controversial social issues throughout modern history. Despite the separation of state and church in many countries, the separation of religion and politics has practically been impossible. Although the growth of secularism led to the reduction of the political functions of religion, but it still has some functions and roles in politics even in the secular and liberal democracies of both Western and Eastern societies. In this regard, the most important division of this relationship is the relation between religion and nationalism so that most of the nationalist forces in Middle East use the political functions of religion.
In this relation, this research explains the political function of religion in nationalistic confrontations in Kurdistan with a focus on the Kurdish and Iranian nationalisms in Eastern Kurdistan. Studying the relationship between religion and politics in Kurdistan as the junction region of different nationalisms can help to answer the question, since the different aspects of the relationship are seen in the region that its political arena has been affected by different nationalisms.

Selected Publications

Social Contract and Democratic Validity of Constitution (With a Focus on Iran and Iraq), International Journal of Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 239-248, 2019.

ISIS and Modernity; Studying the Effect of Middle-eastern Quasi-modern States, Research Letter of Political Science, Journal of Iranian Political Sciences Association, V. 13, N. 2, pp. 157-186, 2018.

Religion and Politics in Eastern Kurdistan (With a Focus on Maktab Qur’an During Iranian Revolution, 1979), Journal of Politics and Law, the Canadian Center of Science and Education, Vol. 8, No. 3, Pp. 36-50, 2015.

The Political Functions of Religion in Contemporary India (Hinduism and Islam), New Delhi: Swastik Publications, 2015.

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