Azar Nafisi – This is a good time…

This is a good time to ask apologists for the Islamic regime, who degrades Islam…


“This is a good time to ask apologists for the Islamic regime, who degrades Islam? Who imposes stoning, forced marriage of underage girls and flogging for not wearing the veil? Do such practices represent Iran’s ancient history and culture, its ethnic and religious diversity? Its centuries of sensual and subversive poetry?”
-Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi – Those in the west who…

Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like…


“Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.”
-Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi – Religion was used as an…

Religion was used as an ideology, as a system of control. When they forced the…


“Religion was used as an ideology, as a system of control. When they forced the veil upon women, they were using it as an instrument of control in the same way that in Mao’s China people were wearing Mao jackets and women were not supposed to wear any makeup.”
-Azar Nafisi