Tehran, Iran, Sep. 17 â€“ An Iranian man was hanged in public in the volatile town of Ahwaz, southwest Iran, on Saturday morning, Iran state-run news agency reported.
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 10 â€“ A Majlis (Parliament) deputy from the central city of Isfahan told reporters that there was an urgent need to act against â€œcorruption and mal-veilingâ€ by women in society, state media reported on Monday.
Tehran, Iran, Sep. 09 â€“ Female restaurant managers in Iran will be required to name a man as the person who will carry out the management on their behalf, or else their businesses will be shut down, the countryâ€™s police force announced on Friday.
According to the Public Places Inspection Office of the para-military police, Iranian restaurants must be managed by men to prevent â€œsocial corruptionâ€.
Tehran, Iran, Sep. 06 â€“ Women who violate Iranâ€™s strict Islamic dress code will be flogged immediately, prosecutorâ€™s offices in provincial centres announced on Tuesday.
In the central Iranian city of Shahin-Shahr, the prosecutorâ€™s office posted huge notices on billboards and shop windows warning women that dress code violators will appear before an Islamic judge immediately after arrest to receive a sentence, usually 100 lashes in public. The prosecutor will be demanding maximum penalties, the notice warned.
In summing up, it is appropriate to point to two misinterpretations of Islamic fundamentalism in the West. Some contend that the emergence of fundamentalism is merely a by-product of poverty and the unequal distribution of wealth. They argue, therefore, that social and political reforms can curb and even eliminate fundamentalism. Without question, fundamentalists take full advantage of social deprivation. But at least in this part of the world,
The Persian Gulf region has 65 percent of the world’s total oil reserves. Of the 3.1 billion tons of oil on the market in 1990, some 843 million tons were produced in the Middle East. To appreciate the importance of oil in preparing the ground for the Khomeini regime’s export of fundamentalism one need only imagine how much less attention Islamic fundamentalism would have received had Khomeini seized power not in Iran, but in another third world country located far from the Middle East.
The Islamic world includes very different societies and tribes, stretching from Southeast Asia to North Africa. Muslims comprise over 85 percent of the populations of Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkey, and most of the newly independent republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus. In Albania, Chad, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, Muslims make up 25 to 85 percent of the population; and India, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Cambodia, China, Greece, Yugoslavia, Thailand, and the Philippines have significant Muslim minorities.