Monday, November 24, 2008


Afshin Ellian

He was born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran. At the age of seventeen in 1983, after he had been threatened with execution by the regime, he fled on camelback to Pakistan with help from smugglers. After a few months, he moved to Afghanistan, studied medicine in Kabul for three years and met his wife there.

In 1987 Ellian, who then belonged to a group of left-wing anti-totalitarian dissidents, was faced by continuing threats from Iranian Stalinists in Afghanistan. Because of these threats Ellian and other dissidents were forced to flee for the second time and received the legal status of refugee from the UNHCR and were consequently given refuge in different countries. During 1989 at the invention of the Dutch government moved Ellian to Holland. Ellian arrived in the Netherlands and he was granted the option to study at the University of Tilburg as a refugee. In the following years Ellian was granted Dutch citizenship. He graduated in Criminal Law, Public Law (International Law) and Philosophy. He continued working at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and completed his PhD, about Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2002, after which he joined the faculty of Law in the University of Leiden as full professor by Department of Jurisprudence, where he teaches to this day. Sins 2003 is Ellian the columnist of the leading Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad.

Intellectually rigorous and frequently humorous, Ellian's writings of criticism, advocacy of human rights and democracy are considered to be a part of both the European and Middle Eastern debates.

Ellian’s works include two books of poetry, “Human Autumn” and “Resurrection of Words” written in Dutch and Farsi; a Ph.D. Dissertation on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission; two books of his collected columns and essays was published in the Netherlands under the title “On Islamic and Dutch Cannibalism (2003);” and “Allah doesn’t know better” (2008). He published several academic articles about Islamic terrorism, Integration, social cohesion and The relationship between politics and religion.
He is currently working on a book “Monotheism as a political problem ”, which will be a philosophic account of the foundation of Islam and a comparative study on the political theology of Christianity (Medieval) and the political theology of Islam (from its foundation by prophet Mohammad).

One day I was discussing with one of my friends, and at least when he told me what is your aim to such these words, I response him that my aim is to “hit the tree of Islam with my axe as strong as possible”. Then he told me that even the philosophers better than you could not do that. I replied him than their goal is not to cut this tree, but to treat such students like me. Now in this case I consider myself as one of your students.
I will be in contact more with you, but for now, how can I have these books: Human Autumn” and “Resurrection of Words” in Farsi and “Allah doesn’t know better”
I found that you want to write a new book under the name “Monotheism as a political problem”.
I would be glad to help you in writing such a book.
I live in Iran but I frequently come to Europe, especially Deutschland.
This book: "Allah doesn’t know better", where was it printed? I can't find it for sale anywhere. Please post a link to the publisher. Charlotte W, Denmark.
Where can I buy “Allah doesn’t know better” (2008)? What is the name of the publisher and is it printed in English?
Kindly Charlotte

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