Iranians aspire now more than ever to live a normal life, to be free, and to live in peace. Having endured repression for fifty years, they now face an overwhelming array of challenges. However, it is extremely unlikely that a consensus can be reached due to the profound and extensive disagreements and gaps in the problem-solving approaches.
Chaos and confusion are a result of tensions between different beliefs, ideologies, and proponents of varying public policies. Furthermore, the imposition of an “official” religion by the government, has only eroded social bonds rather than strengthening them.
The promotion of social dialogue emerged as an effective and highly beneficial activity to counter the destructive policies of the government during this period of turmoil. Fostering peaceful coexistence between individuals of varying religious backgrounds, as well as those who identify as non-religious, is a central theme in the current era of Iranian history. Engaging in a robust dialogue of this nature ensures the protection of human rights and facilitates the advancement of the democratization process.
Sociologist and researcher Majid Mohammadi presents his book, ‘Guide to starting and establishing a dialogue between the non-religious and the religious with the objective of promoting tolerance, human rights, and democracy in Iran’. Drawing on historical experiences involving diverse religions and nations, the author offers practical solutions to overcome barriers to dialogue and achieve consensus.
This book, published by the Tavaana Civil Education Institute, is available for free download. Read and enjoy!