The Emperor Has No Clothes
This article discusses the young opposition generation in Iran. The author argues that today Iran is moving beyond the 1979 revolution embodied by a religious-secular binary; the children of the revolution’s retrieval through very modern cyber-methods of the moral legitimacy of the Iranian ‘cause’ can be witnessed. Yet paradoxically, many who are fighting an Islamic state have chosen ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ or ‘God is great’ as their battle cry. This is a new generation that has largely responded to tyrannical violence with democratic nonviolence, yet which calls those killed on its protests Shahids (Islamic martyrs), much to the annoyance of religious and secular elders.
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