Abdolkarim Soroush Quotes


Arresting development attacking science and glorifying poverty is not the answer to the vices that attend prosperity.

We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society. But we seem to forget midway that these concepts are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.

In order for answers to become clear the questions have to be clear.

God manifests himself in each historical period according to the understanding of the people of the era.

People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs; only afterwards do they pursue any higher needs.

One of the achievements of the reform movement is that people realize that they can be democrats and remain faithful Muslims. Democracy is now an established idea.

We must break problems down into small digestible bits. We must define the concepts that we use and explain what components they consist of. We must tackle small problems.

After the 9/11 incidents Islam has become a big question mark among westerners especially Americans. The mass media constantly raise the issue of relationship between Islam and terrorism.

In many of the things that people do they themselves are the centre of attention but they inscribe some other name on their banner.

Goals and objectives are based on theories and foundations.

As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity or an Islamic identity also came into being.

We no longer claim that a genuinely religious government can be democratic but that it cannot be otherwise.

The clergy earns its living from religion. If your interests are secured through religion then you will defend your interests first and religion will become secondary.

Compromise has a negative connotation.

Energy is a concept that has been coined by physicists. There is no observable thing known as energy anywhere.

When I have an idea I'm like a pregnant woman. I just have to deliver.

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult tasks of religious intellectuals.

It is up to God to reveal a religion but up to us to understand and realise it.

Islam or any religion will become totalitarian if it is made into an ideology because that is the nature of ideologies.