February 28, 2014

Enlightening, eye-opening, and extremely moving writing. Published in the superb blog, Between a Veil and a Dark Place, it’s called “What it is like to grow up in Hezbollah culture”. It’s a long article, but it’s worth your time, it’s also very hard to read at times but it’s worth your emotional investment too. You can read it as an excellent memoir, the author’s understanding of her own situation and description of events is so compelling that I would happily… Read more

February 28, 2014

The response to some of my earlier posts about Islam pointed out that there is some essentialism in my articles, and that I should simply say that Islam is “practiced” this way, or Muslims “believe” it this way, and to me all of this doesn’t necessarily point to a disagreement about Islam but a more fundamental disagreement about how ideology works. Without the intention to disprove the criticisms leveled at my previous posts, I simply want to express my own… Read more

February 27, 2014

These are two posts from BBC Persian, the first dealing with Iranian female soccer players and the second with the negative way way religion affects education in Iran. The reports are of course in Persian, so here I present to you an English summary, as I find these issues worth reporting. (more…) Read more

February 27, 2014

What the hell On the Margin of Error is supposed to even mean? And do I have a reason for choosing Kaveh Mousavi as my pseudonym? Do these questions trouble your mind and haunt your dreams since this blog started yesterday? What, no? OK then, I guess I’ll go ahead and answer them anyway. (more…) Read more

February 26, 2014

Introduction: I am very excited and happy to be posting on Freethought Blogs, it is an honor and a great privilege. I want to thank everyone for providing this opportunity for me.   “There is no Islam except political Islam.” – Ruhollah Khomeini This is a sequel to what I wrote previously and had appeared on Butterflies and Wheels and before that on The Proud Atheist. The responses and the reactions I got were very heartwarming. However, there was a… Read more

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