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.

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|

Persian history repeats itself: When Khamenei is held hostage by IRGC

By Track Persia August 25, 2018 Iran’s theocracy, officially headed by Ali Khamenei - who claims that he represents God on Earth – is said to have been taken over by Iran’s Islamic Guards Corps (IRGC)’s leading officers and that Khamenei and his close associates have become “hostages by the IRGC’s extremist leaders. Critics of [...]

By |August 25th, 2018|Ideology, Iran|

Houthism: From moderate Zaidi Shi’ism to Iranian radical Safawism

Houthis rally in Sanaa, Yemen (Photo: AP) By Track Persia July 12, 2018 Calling themselves Ansarullah (God’s partisans), the Houthis are a numerous clan of Yemen’s Arab stock belonging to a religious but armed rebel branch of Zaidi Shi’ism. They are guided by Iran’s Ja’fari Shi’i theocracy and Safawi movement which call the [...]

By |July 12th, 2018|Ideology, Yemen|

Saudi Crown Prince is a nightmare to Iran’s Safawi theocracy

By Track Perisa April 19, 2018 Iran has been facing an unprecedented challenge to its Safawi theocracy since the reformist Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman has become the Crown Prince and the future Saudi king. The Iranian regime sees the prince a formidable enemy to its “axis of resistance” in the Greater Middle East and [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Ideology, Saudi Arabia|

The revolutionist Shiraziyya: Why rejecting Khomeini’s wilayat al-faqih

Four men were arrested after the attack on the London embassy on Friday, March 9, 2018. (supplied) By Shatha Al Juburi Track Peria - March 18, 2018 The followers of Ayatollah Hussein al-Shirazi on March 9 stormed the Iranian embassy in London to protest the capture of a religious leader in Qom by [...]

By |March 18th, 2018|Europe, Ideology, Iran, Iraq|