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.

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|

How long can Hezbollah sustain fund shortage?

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, August 10, 2017. (AFP) By Track Persia July 30, 2019 Since its establishment in 1982, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah organisation has been relying on terrorist tactics carried out by its organised militia. The militia later evolved into a [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon, Syria|

The historical relationship between the Iranian theocracy and Muslim Brothers in Egypt

Hassan al-Banna the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt (left) and Ayatollah Khomeini the founder of the Islamic Republic in Iran (right). By Track Persia June 15, 2019 Senior Muslim Brothers have relatively been silent about the growing tension between the United States and Iran. They also seem to have refrained from [...]

By |June 15th, 2019|Egypt, Ideology|

Iran and a tale of two losers

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 May 3, 2019 Last November Westminster University in London organized a seminar with an enticing theme: Is a Plan B for Iran possible? In its simplest form the main [...]

By |May 3rd, 2019|Ideology, Iran|

Khomeini’s exporting Islamic Revolution: A failed revolutionary strategy?

By Track Persia April 27, 2019 It is widely viewed that the current sectarian conflict in the Middle East is primarily attributed to Iran’s involvement in the internal affairs of the countries of this region and to the sectarian policy of the regime in Iran of exporting 1979 Islamic Revolution. The war on terror that [...]

By |April 27th, 2019|Ideology, Iran|