This chapter features a series of interviews conducted in the summer and fall of 2008 in Tehran with several prominent Iranian religious intellectuals who participated in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Subsequently, they also participated in the Second Khordad Movement that ultimately brought Khatami to power on a reformist platform in a landslide electoral victory. These religious intellectuals believe that the creation of a modern and democratic Iran requires refocusing attention on liberty and the creation of institutions. Their point of view underlines the necessary unity of development and freedom. They also embrace much in the political thought of the Enlightenment but do not believe that a philosophical or epistemic revolution is a prerequisite for any progress in Iran.
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