Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance

On June 17th, 2021, I participated in another global roundtable via Zoom, this time on the Iranian sociologist, Ali Shariati. This event is sponsored by Ekpyrosis Press, a new publishing house dedicated to critical thought in a complacent and apathetical world. My presentation is in Session 2. The videos of the event can be found below:

Session 1

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 1 – June 17, 2021

Session 2

Ali Shariati: Legacy and Relevance – Session 2 – June 17, 2021

My Presentation:

My presentation: “Ali Shariati as Revolutionary Islamic Metapolitics.” June 17th, 2021

Is Religion Repressive or Emancipatory: A Global Roundtable Discussion

I am honored to be a presenter and discussant with this esteemed group of critical social theorists, discussing the dialectical nature of religion. My discourse will be on the dialectics of religious fanaticism, wherein I will tackle the one-dimensional understanding of fanaticism from both a psychological and ideological perspective. The video of this discourse will be available soon.

New YouTube Channel

Over the course of the last years, I have built and maintained the Rudolf J. Siebert Audio-Visual Archive, wherein you can find over one hundred videos on the topic of Critical Theory of Religion and Society. Now, am pleased to announce the establishment of a New YouTube Channel dedicated to my own recent lectures, speeches, and discourses. These lectures will cover a variety of issues, including Critical Theory, political philosophy, religion in the modern world, etc. I hope you will enjoy watching my ramblings! The first among many video to come can be found below:

“Between Ethno-nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition”

To see more videos, see the link below:

YouTube Channel of Dustin J. Byrd, Ph.D.

I was honored to join an august group of international scholars from the United States, Russia, Germany, Iran, and Singapore to discuss the lasting influence and heritage of Critical Theory. I presented my paper, “Between Ethno-nationalism and Pathological Critique: Critical Theory as Critique and Defense of the Western Tradition,” which I intend to extend into a publishable article in the next month. After the great discussions we had during this event, there is much more to think though, explore, and analyze. Thank you to Seyed Javad Miri and Dmitry Ivanov for facilitating this great event.

New Article on Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism

I am pleased to announce that an essay I co-authored with Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert and Dr. Michael R. Ott has now been published in Jeremiah Morelock’s edited book, How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School. This book has been published by Brill and contains eighteen chapters from a variety of important scholars in the field of Critical Theory, sociology, and political philosophy. Our essay is entitled “Mythology, Enlightenment, and Dialectics: Determinate Negation.” This book will later be published in paperback by Haymarket Books (Chicago).

Link to Brill’s Website: How to Critique Authoritarian Populism

Out in Paperback by Haymarket Books (February, 2022)

Interview with Saed News (Iran) on the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

I was fortunate to be able to contribute to the discussion on the importance of the Islamic Revolution in Iran of 1979, with Fasih Osmani of Saed News, an academic portal in Iran. We discussed Imam Khomeini, the sociologist and revolutionary Ali Shariati, the Frankfurt School, and other pertinent topics. Here are the links to the interview:

English Version

Hindi Version

Farsi Version

New Website:

In an effort to preserve, study, and further develop the work of Dr. Rudolf J. Siebert, and the “dialectical religiology” of the Critical Theory of Religion and Society, I have launched a new website. I hope this new website will be useful for scholars and researchers as they study critical theory, political theology, Hegelian philosophy, and other topics that Siebert has written about over the course of the last half century.

Additionally, many of Dr. Siebert’s works will be republished by Ekpyrosis Press, a new academic peer-reviewed publishing house, dedicate to the advancement of dialectical and emancipatory thought in an age of apathy and nationalism. Dr. Siebert’s first book with Ekpyrosis Press, Hegel and the Critical Theory of Religion: Determinate Negation, will be available in the spring of 2021.

Please visit us through the link below:

Now Available: Islamic Perspective Journal, Vol. 24, Winter 2020

As editor of the Islamic Perspective Journal, I’m happy to announce that the latest edition, vol. 24, is now available. IPJ is a peer-review academic journal dedicated to the investigation of all things Islamic and Muslim. It is published bi-annually by the London Academic of Iranian Studies. In this volume, my work on Islamic socialism as it relates to Dr. Ali Shariati is included.

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