The Iranian Times

Tuesday October 5, 1999 / Mehr 13, 1378, No. 821

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Catching up
The Muslim world at the threshold of the third millennium

By Fereydoun Hoveyda
October 5, 1999
The Iranian

Many economic, political, social and cultural reasons have been advanced for this interruption. But they had one common denominator: the triumph of ultra-fundamentalist interpretations of the Quran, around the 12th ­13th centuries ...

Ghazali condemned thinkers such as Abu Ali Sina (Avicenna) while in Andalusia half a century later, the fundamentalist clerics branded philosophers such as Ibn Rushd (Averroes) heretics and burned their books. Fortunately, many of their books were carefully gathered by European universities whose scholars pursued the work of now condemned Muslim thinkers and scientists. The famous Italian historian Geoffredo Quadri goes as far as to assert that the Renaissance would not have been possible without Averroes's ideas! In other words, if not for the rising influence of fundamentalists, the scientific and industrial revolutions could have developed in the Muslim world, not in the West ... GO TO FEATURE


(Sound familiar?)
Racism Among Hispanics

Washington Post Op-ed
By Richard Estrada
Tuesday, October 5, 1999; Page A17

DALLAS-Everyone knows homegrown racism has occasionally been directed at Hispanics in the United States. But here's a question too seldom asked: Is the United States importing Hispanic racism directed at other Hispanics? ...

Sadly, the racism exhibited by some Hispanics against other Hispanics is at times more virulent than that directed at Hispanics by European Americans. Hispanics imbued with racism are coming to America every day. Unaware that however imperfect this country may be when it comes to its ideals, they need to know what those ideals are and recognize how imperative it is to try to live up to them... FULL TEXT

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Parhum writes:

Hello. I am a Zoroastrian. I would like to get more information about my religion and I was wondering if you could help me. Also, I know that some of you aren't Zoroastrians and you don't quite know everything. Well, as I was looking at some websites, I found that it said that Zoroastrians are Fire Worshippers. WE ARE NOT AT ALL FIRE WORSHIPPER. GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT. I WOULD KNOW SINCE I AM AN ACTUAL ZOROASTRIAN. WE DON'T WORSHIP FIRE. WE JUST RESPECT FIRE AND LIGHT. LIFE WOULD BE DIFFICULT WITHOUT FIRE AND LIGHT. WE WORSHIP ON AHURA MAZDA, OUR GOD. SO BEFORE YOU TYPE SOMETHING UP, PLEASE GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT BEFORE YOU GO OUT WRITING GARBAGE ABOUT US. I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD PLEASE CORRECT THAT. THANKS.

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* Wrong, wrong, wrong

Mohamad Dilmagani writes: I just read your front page article in The Iranian Times called "Persian work ethics" and frankly it just hits me the wrong way:

The writer apparently in an extended period of bad mood, decides to write a two-page article and attack every Iranian characteristic or behavior he can come up with. He tangles issues ranging from our cultural interpretation of zerangi, to politics, work habits, oil (of all things), productivity and women's role in our society. Of course in every case, the so-called Iranian way of dealing with these issues is wrong. Let's talk about some of these issues:

Zerangi: I have tried to come up with a translation of this word in English and the closest I can come with is "opportunistic". I think everybody agrees that the masters of this technique are Americans; not that there is anything wrong with it. After all, America is known as the land of opportunity and they are proud of it. Majority of Americans don't believe that by being Mr. Nice Guy and waiting for your turn in every situation, one will be successful. I think if we look back at our cultural history, we will discover that the concept of zerangi didn't really flourish in Iran until we became more familiar with Western culture. So let's not give all the credit to Iranians; this is just a sign of our times ... FULL TEXT

* Open your eyes

Golboo Matinkhou writes: I just finished reading your article ["Khodeti"] and I feel so moved. What you said is so true. I am the girl you are writing about. I'm single, 28, and living on my own. My parents live in Germany and for the past seven years, I have put myself through school. I have a great job, support myself and live my own life. Sad part is, nobody seems to recognize me for what I have achieved ...

I like to get married too one day and I won't accept anything but an Iranian man, but I have to prove so much sometimes that it is easier to just give up and stay single. I wished Iranians, specially Iranian women, wouldn't be so judgmental about single women. WE do like to have a family and settle down but our options are so limited, because we don't have the luxury of living with our parents.

Please try to open your eyes. You don't have to live at home to be "najib"; that should be in your blood. Thanks for bringing up this very important issue ... FULL TEXT

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Shame on you

You talk about martyrs as if they were brought in from another planet or something. These were the young soldiers who gave their lives and enabled us to still have Khouzestan. Shame on you.

-- Mohamad Dilmagani
Letter to The Iranian
October 5, 1999

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