The London-based Association of Iranian Researchers has recently published the findings of a 2007 internet survey on Iranian identity, which gives some interesting insights into the lives of young Iranians aged 20-29. A detailed analysis of more than 4,000 valid filled questionnaires shows that some 40% of this age group does not self-identify as religious, while 22% sees itself as anti-religious. Even more interestingly, if one adds those with ‘no religious conviction’ to those who call themselves ‘secular’, one comes up with 78% of men and 70% of women. This stands in clear contrast to state propaganda, which gives a rosy picture of religiosity among Iranians. Read full story here.
Shiism in the Modern Context: From Religious Quietism to Political Activism
By Rainer Brunner , Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
(Vol. 3, December 2008)
Iran, Islamic Republic of (1979–)
The first time in the modern world that religious leaders have overthrown a secular regime and established …
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