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.

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|

The Iranian regime helped spread the coronavirus in Iran and the Middle East by committing to its rigid ideology and downplaying the virus threat

A sanitary worker disinfects a shrine in Qom, Iran, on February 25. (AFP) By Track Persia March 24, 2020 The Iranian regime’s failure to combat the coronavirus has not only posed a threat to Iran’s public health but it has also risked global health as most cases tested positive with the virus in [...]

By |March 24th, 2020|Ideology, Middle East|

How depicting Imam Hussein hugging Soleimani reflects the extent of the Iranian theocracy’s extremist ideology

The widely-circulated picture depicting Imam Hussein hugging Soleimani shocked many in the Islamic world. (Ayatollah Khamenei's official website) By Track Persia January 31, 2020 More than 50 mourners died in the tragic stampede of the funeral procession of Iran’s Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, who had been killed by an American drone strike [...]

By |January 31st, 2020|Ideology, Iran|

Iran has made Hezbollah a state within a state despite ideological, cultural and ethnic differences

A boy carried a Hezbollah flag in Lebanon, as he ran past portraits of, from left, Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomenei,  Iran's Islamic Revolution leader and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. (Getty) By Track Perisa August 22, 2019 Relations between Iranians and Lebanese developed in the sixteenth century when the Safavid [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon|