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.

Kidnapping the dead, attacking the graves; Islamic Republic not letting go of its opponents’ afterlife

Destroying graves in Iran started almost immediately after the downfall of the country's last king, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. (INU) January 1, 2021 They go from cemetery to cemetery, looking for unmarked graves. Wherever there is one, they squat over it, hoping that their children might be resting in peace down there. They mark the [...]

By |January 1st, 2021|Ideology, Iran|

Came the Islamic Revolution

Ayatollah Khomeini addresses a crowd in Tehran during Iran's Islamic Revolution 1979. (Supplied) By Clifford D. May December 31, 2020 In early 1979, I was sent to Iran to report on the rebellion then underway. I was woefully ignorant of Iranian history, politics, and theology. But older, more experienced colleagues in the journalistic, diplomatic, and [...]

By |December 31st, 2020|Europe, Ideology, North America, USA|

Why Iran is keen on developing Iraq’s Shi’ite religious shrines

Worshipers at the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq, on Friday, Oct 18, 2019. (AP) By Trackpersia December 28, 2020 A senior Iranian commander made an unannounced visit to one of Shi’ite Islam’s holiest sites in the southern Iraqi city of Kerbala in September. According to Iranian media, the senior officer of Iran’s Islamic [...]

By |December 28th, 2020|Ideology, Iraq|

Iran’s international propaganda machine: The Masaf Institute and the apocalyptic worldview

Javad Larijani was the first person to use the term Umm al-Qura (mother city) to describe the Islamic Republic's role in the Muslim world. (Trend) By Ali Akbar Ebrahimpour December 16, 2020 Forms of propaganda in the Islamic Republic of Iran are not fixed and have adapted over time. Once upon a time, pro-regime [...]

By |December 16th, 2020|Ideology, Iran|

Iran’s international propaganda machine: The Imam Khomeini Educational Institute

An Iranian cleric student looks at the courtyard of Faiziyeh religious school in Iran's clerical capital Qom, 18 May 2005. (AFP) By Ali Akbar Ebrahimpour December 15, 2020 The Imam Khomeini Educational and Research Institute is one of the Islamic Republic’s biggest investments in making the country’s seminaries integral to the way the country is [...]

By |December 15th, 2020|Ideology, Iran|

The succession of the Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Track Persia December 14, 2020 The recent absence of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s de facto ruler, from political scene has raised speculations about a possibility of his death or a serious deterioration of his [...]

By |December 14th, 2020|Ideology, Iran|

Ideology and profits drive hardliners in Iran to hold religious events amid pandemic

Religious congregations in Muharram have strong political and financial significance for the government and its hardliner supporters in Iran. (IRNA) July 29, 2020 As the coronavirus crisis in Iran shows no sign of abetting, the clerical rulers have to decide what to do with upcoming religious ceremonies that are highly important for the [...]

By |July 29th, 2020|Ideology, Iran|

Is ideological difference between Shiite leadership models in Iraq and Iran exaggerated?

Shiite Muslim pilgrims walk in front of posters of (R to L) Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, and the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group Hasan Nasrallah, in Najaf, Iraq, Oct 12, 2019. (AFP) By Track Persia July 10, 2020 Some observers think that the differences between ideological concepts [...]

By |July 10th, 2020|Ideology, Iraq|

Why Khamenei described Sistani’s Jihad fatwa against the extremist IS as a “divine inspiration”

An Iraqi Shia woman holding a poster bearing portraits of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (R) and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani during a parade in the southern city of Basra in 2015. (AFP) By Track Persia May 30, 2020 The destruction of the Iraqi state by the 2003 US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq resulted [...]

By |May 30th, 2020|Ideology, Iraq|

The Guards used Khamenei’s audience as a human shield

People listen to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei as he speaks at a ceremony in Tehran on June 4, 2019. (Reuters) By Faramarz Davar April 28, 2020 The commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force, General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, has issued fresh remarks about the day the IRGC shot down a Ukrainian [...]

By |April 28th, 2020|Ideology, Iran|