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.

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|

Iran’s Basij and the regime’s failure in indoctrinating Islam

Basij members parade in Isfahan in 2008. (rferl) By Track Persia - January 30, 2018 The Iranian Basij militia is an ideological organisation founded by Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Presently, the Basij has become one of the Iranian regime’s largest security establishment. It encompasses between 1.5 to 15 million members with [...]

By |January 30th, 2018|Ideology|

How the Iranian regime uses Shi’ism as an ideological mask to undercut some minorities

Iranian security forces carried out raids and arrests during Eid al-Fitr in Ahwaz. (Supplied) By Tack Persia - December 21, 2017 Shi’ism has been a significant component that holds the Iranian national identity since the success of the 1979 Revolution and the foundation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The theocratic regime in [...]

By |December 21st, 2017|Ideology|

Prospects of imposing Khomeini’s wilayat al-faqih on the traditionalist marja’iyya in Najaf

Shahroudi meeting Iraq's PM Haider Abadi September 2017. (The Iran Project) By Shatha Al Juburi Track Persia - November 27, 2017 Iran’s Supreme Leader ayatollah Ali Khamenei, like his predecessor, the revolutionary founding father ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, is the most powerful person in Iran. He has an absolute authority over all public and [...]

By |November 27th, 2017|Ideology, Iraq|

When the Americans miscalculated Khomeini’s ideology during the course of Iran’s Revolution

Khomeini greets supporters on February 1, 1979, the day of his return from exile in France. (RFE/RL) Track Persia - September 24, 2017 The success of the late Supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979 in overthrowing the shah regime  and the holding of the American diplomats at the American [...]

By |September 24th, 2017|Ideology, Iran|

Shiism a means of expansionism used by Qarmatians, Safawis and Khomeinists

Track Persia- August 25, 2017 The concept of “Arab Corridor” emerged in Iran with a fatwa (Muslim religious decree) issued by Iran’s late Supreme Leader and the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran Ayatollah Rouhallah Khomeini in the first half of 1979. Khomeini decreed Iran’s Islamic Revolution must be exported to any part in [...]

By |August 25th, 2017|Ideology|

Aims to revive Safawism hindered by regional ethnic divisions

Track Persia, July 23, 2017 The defeat of Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Iraq, Syria and Libya has featured a new world order for the US, its allies in the Middle East, Russia and Iran. The liberation of Iraq’s Mosul by Iraq’s armed forces begun in October 2016 and backed by US-led strikes and American ground [...]

By |July 23rd, 2017|Ideology, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

The persecution of Iran’s Jewry over centuries

Track Persia, May 30, 2017 Minority communities of Iran have suffered several waves of persecutions since the reigns of the Safawid shahs in the 16th century. Jews were among Iran’s minorities which have been targeted for their religious identity. Over centuries, Jews lived throughout Iran- mainly in the central and western regions of the country- [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Ideology, Iran|

Exporting the Revolution in Iran’s constitution and the Mahdi’s return

Track Persia - May 16, 2017 Apocalypticism within the “Twelver” sect of Shiism is the most important component of the the Shiite  apocalyptic tradition because it is fundamentally associated with the notion of the twelfth, or Hidden, Imam—something that is absent in the Sunni theological system. The Mahdi, a title for the Shiite Muslim saviour [...]

By |May 16th, 2017|Ideology, Iran|

How Khomeini’s disciples helped institutionalize the rule of clerics and maintain it even after Khomeini’s death

Track Persia - Mar 25, 2017 Iran’s late Supreme Leader and founder of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini succeeded in establishing a theocracy headed by a faqih (who learned in jurisprudence) based on the Shi’i doctrine of wilayat al-faqih (guardianship of jurisprudent). The concept has ever since become the fundamental foundation for those [...]

By |March 25th, 2017|Ideology, Iran|