Kasra Aarabi is a senior analyst in the Extremism Policy Unit at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, where he specializes in Iran and Shia Islamist extremism. He is also a nonresident scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Kasra is a native Persian (Farsi) speaker and holds an M.A. in international relations and a B.A. in international politics, both from King’s College London. He is also undertaking a Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews, where his research focuses on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
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Attempts have even been made to co-opt the celebration of love and Islamicize it. The regime has tried to replace Valentine’s Day with the wedding day of Imam Ali, the first divinely ordained Shia Imam, and Fatimah, the Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, but this attempt has not yet caught on.