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Encyclopedia > Hashem Aghajari
Dr. Hashem Aghajari defending his speech in court.
Dr. Hashem Aghajari defending his speech in court.

Hashem Aghajari (Persian: هاشم آغاجری) is an Iranian university professor and a critic of the Islamic Republic's government. He was convicted of apostasy and sentenced to death because of a speech in Hamadan that criticized some of the present Islamic practices in Iran as being in contradiction with the original practices and ideology of Islam. After widespread protests by students and reformist political parties, the sentence was later commuted to three years in jail, two years in probation, and five years' suspension of his social rights. Image File history File linksMetadata Iran. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Iran. ... Persian is an Indo-European language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Southern Russia, neighboring countries, and elsewhere. ... An Islamic republic in its modern context has come to mean several things. ... Apostasy (from Greek αποστασία, a defection or revolt from a military commander, from απο, apo, away, apart, στασις, stasis, standing) is a term generally employed to describe the formal renunciation of ones religion, especially if the motive is deemed unworthy. ... Avicennas tomb in Hamedan Hamadan or Hamedan ( Persian: همدان ) is the capital city of Hamadan Province of Iran. ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... For other uses, including people named Islam, see Islam (disambiguation). ... Social rights refer to what are usually positive rights, which ensure to all people a fair standard of treatment. ...

Awards and honors

  • Jan Karski Award for Moral Courage (2003)

See also

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External links

  • BBC Persian article on Aghajari's new sentence
  • Iran Media Resources

  Results from FactBites:
Journalist Hashem Aghajari detained, says his colleague (328 words)
Tehran, Aug 8, IRNA -- Hashem Aghajari, a journalist who stirred up a row after calling for religious restructuring in Iran, was detained in the western city of Hamedan on Thursday on a local judge's order, his colleague said.
Aghajari was summoned before court in Hamedan early last month on repeated charges of insulting religious sanctities' and released on a bail of two billion rials.
Aghajari's remarks triggered an outrage among many, who called on the judiciary to take action against the intellectual journalist who is a war veteran, a university lecturer, as well as a member of the IRMO.
washingtonpost.com: Twice-Condemned Iranian Gets 3-Year Term Instead (343 words)
Hashem Aghajari, a professor at Tehran's Teachers Training University, saw his death sentence overturned twice before the charges were reduced this month in a third trial.
Aghajari, who has spent more than two years in jail, is required to serve just one year of the new sentence.
Aghajari used this month's trial as a platform to defend democratic reforms and denounce hard-line clerics who he said suppress freedoms in the name of Islam, comments that had already cost him more than two years in jail.
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