Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad's Response to
QuestionsAbout the Iranian Revolution Posed by FarsPress (1/30/08)
1- How do you see the effects of
Iran's Islamic Revolution on oppressed
people awareness around the world?
The Iranian Revolution served as an inspiration to Muslims around the
world in at least two respects. In the first place it demonstrated that
state power, which had become the object of worship in much of the
world for much of of the 20th century, was not irresistible. In the
second place, it demonstrated how Islam itself could be instrumental in
mounting resistance to oppression. On the other hand, the persistence
of corruption after the revolution demonstrates the dangers of power.
As Mansoor Farhang said, taking off from a remark by Lord Acton, "Power
corrupts--even if you are a religious person." Unless we remain
vigilant as to the corrupting influence of power any revolution becomes
a 360-degree revolution in which old masters are replaced by new ones.
2- What's your Idea about Imam
Khomeini's role on Islamic Revolution
There is no doubt of the importance of Imam Khomeini's role as a
political leader to the outbreak of the Iranian Revolution. His
personal charisma, his powerful elocution, his invocation of Islam, his
intelligence, his connection with the masses, and his political acumen
all played a part.
3- What do you think about Imam
Khomeini's prediction about the
collapse of world superpowers like Soviet?
This prediction was made in remarks to Mr. Gorbachev when the cracks in
the Soviet empire were already beginning to show. A magazine I edited
two decades earlier predicted the demise of the Soviet Union based on
its moral and economic bankruptcy. I expect Imam Khomeini was aware
that Ibn Khaldun explained why empires collapse when they depart from
the sound policies of their founders six centuries ago, and I am
certain that he read Allah's words in the Qur'an that great empires
bring about their own collapse when they depart from justice and become
the instruments of oppression.
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