Professor frowns on political use of religion

November 6, 2008 Briana Gunter 0

A small group of faculty and students were brought together the night of Oct. 29 by a visit from Hossein Kamaly, a professor in Columbia University’s Middle Eastern and Asia Languages and Cultures Department.

Kamaly’s lecture, titled “Politics of Messianism in Contemporary Iran,” explained how many Iranians are now awaiting the coming of Imam Mahdi, the 12th messiah according to Shiite culture, for salvation from the world’s current turbulent state. […]