An associate professor of philosophy has been expelled from Islamic Azad University because of his views on the previous regime, according to Iranian media.

Bijan Abdolkarimi, a well-known scholar and translator who has taught at the university since 2001, lost his job on Saturday after he was accused of having “defended the Pahlavi monarchy”.

The ruling issued against him said: “The above-mentioned person is not qualified to be a member of the faculty of Islamic Azad University... In accordance with this ruling, Bijan Abdolkarimi's professorship has been revoked as of yesterday (Saturday, September 4). The decision is final and binding."

During his 20 years at the university, Bijan Abdolkarimi had published a series of notable titles including Iranian Don Quixotes and Heidegger in Iran, and translations such as Media Technology: Critical Perspectives by Joost van Loon and Martin Heidegger: An Illustrated Study,by Walter Biemel.

Abdolkarimi has also criticized ideological readings of the West and East, and argued on state TV against the notions of “Islamic humanities” and the “Islamization of universities”.

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