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Iranian Women Not-So-Secretly Defy Mandatory Hijab Rules

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion

For the past week, women from all over Iran have been posting Facebook pictures of themselves with bare heads and flowing hair. Though social media po...

Ahmadinejad Slams Pressure To Impose Islamic Values

Agence France Presse | | Posted 03.02.2013 | World

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has again spoken out against the use of pressure to impose Islamic values on people, especially university candi...

Iran's Morality Police Raid Coffee Shops

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2012 | World

DUBAI, July 15 (Reuters) - Iranian police shut down dozens of restaurants and coffee shops over the weekend, Iranian media reported, in a renewed cr...

The Occult Chickens Have Come Home To Roost: Religious Superstition In Iranian Politics

Ali Rahnema | Posted 09.07.2011 | Religion
Ali Rahnema

Since early May 2011, charges of sorcery, witchcraft, and using supernatural powers to manipulate people and events for particular political ends have been leveled against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Shiism, Nationalism, and the Past Clash in Modern Iran

Jamsheed K. Choksy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamsheed K. Choksy

A revival of Iranian nationalism is generating confrontation not just between Iran's two traditions of state and faith, but between those within the ruling class who champion secularism versus those who still espouse theocracy

Iran's Penis Cemetery Delights Tourists (PHOTOS)

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Her hands tightly wrapped around a giant penis-shaped tombstone, Maryam giggles as her friend takes a picture. She repositions herself and, snap, anot...

Iran: Illegal Premarital Sex On Rise As Iranians Delay Marriage

The Guardian | Robert Tait | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Rising numbers of Iranians are spurning marriage and having sex illegally outside wedlock, Iran's state-run body for youth affairs has said. A surv...