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Masoumeh Ebtekar

From the Shah to the Spice Girls: Interview with Masoumeh Ebtekar

By Nathan Gardels   April 2002

Masoumeh Ebtekar, aged 41, is one of Iran’s vice presidents. She is an immunologist by training and a women’s rights activist. When Iranian militants seized American diplomats as hostages in the US Embassy in 1979, she was the militants’ chief spokeswoman.

Nathan Gardels: President Mohamad Khatami has called for a dialogue with the west. This should mean not an exchange with Harvard academics, but a dialogue between Islamic values and postmodern mass culture-with MTV and the Spice Girls. Is Iran prepared for that? What does Islam have to offer the west in this dialogue?

Masoumeh Ebtekar: The doors of the…

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