Mohammad Ali Taheri (Persian: محمد علی طاهری) is an Iranian researcher on alternative medicine. He was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1956. He has introduced an Iranian mysticism called Erfan Keyhani (Halgheh), composed of two alternative and complementary medicines, Faradarmani and Psymentology.
Imprisonment and death penalty:
Taheri was arrested in 2010 on charges of “acting against national security”. He was released after being held in solitary confinement for 67 days. On May 4, 2011, he was arrested again. Taheri has been imprisoned and under interrogation in Evin Prison since May 2011.
On October 30, 2011, after three court sessions, Branch 26 of Tehran Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced him to five years in prison for blasphemy, 74 lashes for touching the wrists of female patients, and 900 million Toman in fines (approximately $300,000) for “interfering in medical science, earning illegitimate funds, and distribution of audio-visual products and use of academic titles”.
In August 2015 Taheri was sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court on charges of Fesad fel Arz (corruption on earth) and establishing a “diversionary cult”. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed alarm at the imposition of the death penalty on Mohammad Ali Taheri. His lawyer said on 21 January 2018 that, “My client was brought to court but because the court refused to recognize me as his lawyer, he announced that he would not participate in the trial. In the end, the trial was not held”.
Human From Another Look discusses the principles of alternative medicine. Persian and Arabic translations have been published in Lebanon.