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The Dubious Roots of Religious Police in Islam

The Wrongly Guided Police

In any society, certain things have to be coercively “commanded,” such as honesty in trade, or “forbidden,” such as theft, murder or oppression. These are literally maaruf, in terms of being “known” to all humanity as common sense. But how people believe in God and worship him are matters of their own conscience, which should be left to their private minds to freely determine.

What Iran’s Drones in Ukraine Mean for the Future of War

Iran’s Drone War in Ukraine

Aside from geopolitical fruits and any currency or barter provided by Russia, which might include military or nuclear technologies, the Iranian supply of drones to Russia will also provide a rich learning environment that may inform future Iranian design and employment of drones.

The Sound and the Fury of Iran’s Protest Movement

The Sound and the Fury of Iran’s Protest Movement

In the span of less than half a century, many Iranians have undergone a seismic shift in attitudes – from a tendency toward Islamism under secular rule to a yearning for secularization under theocracy. This shift illustrates what the renowned Iranian scholar Homa Katouzian has dubbed Iran’s “short-term society.”

In Iran, Pluralism Begins to Take Root

In Iran, Pluralism Begins to Take Root

This movement has also seen frontier regions vocally express support for one another as the protests take root in new locations, all while Iran’s ethnically Persian “center” demonstrates unprecedented solidarity with non-Persian compatriots through the slogans, art and music of the past several weeks.

A New Iran Has Been Born — A Global Iran

A New Iran Has Been Born — A Global Iran

This is a movement to reclaim life. People feel that a normal life has been denied to them by a regime of elderly clerical men. These men, they feel, seem so separated from the people, and yet they have colonized their lives.

A Schoolgirl’s First Day in Iran’s Islamic Republic

A Schoolgirl’s First Day in Iran’s Islamic Republic

My 10-year-old sister’s arms and legs were flailing. She kicked, desperate to get a foothold in backward motion. The school inspector was pulling her by the collar, choking her. “Whore! Scum!” the inspector shouted. “I’m going to break your arms, then I’m going to break your face!”

Woman, Life, Liberty: A Slogan One Hundred Years in the Making

Woman, Life, Liberty: A Slogan One Hundred Years in the Making

Women across the country gathered on the streets and fed their headscarves to bonfires. In dramatic public acts, they climbed cars and cut their hair. “Iranians will die,” they chanted, “but they won’t suffer humiliation.”