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About Abolhassan Banisadr

Abolhassan Banisadr was Iran's first post-revolutionary president. He played a major role in theorising Islam as a discourse of freedom in Iran during the 1970s. In 1980, he was elected as Iran's first president, but was overthrown by the ruling clergy in a coup in June 1981 for his opposition to their attempts to establish a religious dictatorship.

Articles by Abolhassan Banisadr

This week’s editor

Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Populism, terrorism, and the crisis in western democracies: an interview with Iran’s former president

Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first post-revolutionary president, discusses neo-liberalism, the crisis in western democracies, and the relationship between Islamic terrorism and the rise of far-right politics.

Erdogan at a crossroad: dictatorship or democracy

An interview with A.H. Banisadr, Iran’s former president, about the aftermath of the coup in Turkey.

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