Translator: Mohsen Abolhassani - Maria Fazia Mascheroni
Publisher: Editori Gius. Laterza and Sons
Year of publication: 1999
Number of pages: 208
"Khatami was elected president of the Islamic Republic of Iran the 23 May 1997 with about 70% of the votes. In Western terms, and with some coarseness, it could be said that he proposed, during his electoral campaign, democratization and social equity "(from the preface by Luciano Violante). The book, which contains various essays on topics of great interest such as religion, freedom and democracy, intends to shed light on the complexity of the ongoing transition in Iran at a time when it has become necessary. According to Khatami, a rational analysis of Western culture has become necessary, although it is necessary to distinguish policies from values: the former are to be fought while the latter can be confronted.