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This section is updated with very important papers and articles which explain the religious and sectarian characteristics of Iranian theocracy. Reading this material will allow the reader to understand the core ideologies the Iranian regime since Khomeini’s Revolution in 1979 has based on; to not only establish a strong power base in Iran, but also to appeal to communities of similar sectarian/religious belief in the region, to strengthening its self-appointed status “The Defender of Shii Islam”.

This section aims at assisting the reader in understanding the difference between mainstream “Sunni” Islam and the “Shi’i” Islam and examining the Safavism ideology which promotes the Persian racism and geo-strategic expansion which the current Iranian theocracy uses to revive the Persian Empire. To achieve this goal, this section focuses on historical background of the foundation of Safavid Empire, which caused the deaths of thousands of people from numerous sects, religions and nationalities. It is hoped it will help in unwinding deep-rooted tension caused by the Iranian regime’s radical and revolutionary ideologies that have led to the instability in the Middle East.

Why have Iranians turned away from  Shi’ism?  

Demonstrators hold up a poster of exiled Shiite Muslim leader Ayatollah Khomeini during an anti-shah demonstration in Tehran, the Iranian capital, on Dec. 10, 1978. (AP) By Track Persia March 15, 2019 Since the crackdown on the protestors of the 2009 Green Movement which demanded some grievances be heard, there has been a [...]

By |March 15th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Topsy Turvy in Tehran: The fickle nature of Iran’s politics

Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei (R) speaks with former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani during a meeting in Tehran. (AFP) By Jason Brodsky February 28, 2019 In the 40 years since the 1979 founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran’s unelected management — namely the supreme leader and his mullahcratic appointees — has [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

The 40th anniversary: How Iran’s Islamic Revolution employs Shi’ism to forge foreign policy

Demonstrators burn U.S. flags during a rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 4, 2015, on the 36th anniversary of its seizure by students. Vahid Salemi  (AP) By Track Persia February 19, 2019 Marking the 40th  anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution that overthrew the Shah and established a [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

The concept of revolution in Iran, 40 years after 1979

Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeni with leaders of the Islamic Republic in the 1980s. Ali Khamenei standing behind him. (Supplied) By H Rastgoo February 18, 2019 Before the victory of the Islamic Revolution, the term revolution, in general, was perceived as a rather positive concept in Iranian public discourse. One cannot deny that throughout the Pahlavi [...]

By |February 18th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Decoding Iran’s politics: the revolution online

Founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini speaks from a balcony of the Alavi School in Tehran in February 1979. (Reuters) By H Rastgoo February 13, 2019 To mark the 40th anniversary of the victory of the Iranian Revolution, pro-regime activists launched a massive online campaign to praise what they consider to be the [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Decoding Iran’s politics: the formation of the Quds Force

Gen. Qassem Soleimani (C), who heads the elite Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard attends a graduation ceremony of a group of the guard's officers in Tehran, June 30, 2018. (AP) By H Rastgoo January 8, 2019 According to Iran’s constitution, the main mission of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is "to safeguard [...]

By |January 8th, 2019|Ideology, Iran, Middle East|

Iran’s schizophrenia heats up the debate

Founder of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini speaks from a balcony of the Alavi School in Tehran in February 1979. (Reuters) By Amir Taheri January 5, 2019 As the leadership in Tehran prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the Khomeinist revolution, a growing number of Iranians are wondering whether the time has [...]

By |January 5th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

How Iran utilised education to spread Khomeini’s teachings and influence policy making in the Muslim world

By Track Persia October 17, 2018 The Islamic Republic of Iran has used education as a key element for its soft power in its pursuit of exporting its version of the Shi’i revolutionary doctrine of wilyat al-faqih, or the guardianship of a cleric to rule. The strategy of the theocratic regime is to become a [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|Ideology, Iran|

Pursuing wilayat al-faqih and expansionist policy caused a turmoil in Iran

By Track Persia September 29, 2018 Despite it has been in turmoil for most of the years since taking power upon the fall of the Pahlavi monarchy in early 1979 led by the late Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian theocracy has been overwhelmed by the armed attack in Ahwaz a few days ago. The [...]

By |September 29th, 2018|Ideology, Iran|

The shah’s legacy: A theocracy shared between ‘moderates’ and ‘conservatives’

Iranians carrying the picture of  Mohammad Mossadegh, the late Iranian Prime Minister of Iran. By Track Persia September 10, 2018 A modern version of pan-Islamist ideology for the Ja’fari branch of Shi’ism emerged in Iran when the clergy took power through a revolution against the Pahlavi monarchy in early 1979. The background to this [...]

By |September 10th, 2018|Ideology, Iran|