Letter From Iran
The Nation / Robert Dreyfuss
02-May-2008 (one comment)

Across the street from the sprawling shrine to Fatima al-Masumeh, the revered sister of Imam Reza, the eighth Shiite imam, a group of campaign workers on a rooftop are busy unfurling wall-sized election posters for a conservative candidate in Iran's March parliamentary election. We're in downtown Qom, a city of 1 million about 100 miles southwest of Tehran. Qom is Iran's religious capital, the wellspring for a host of fundamentalist clerics who've ruled Iran since 1979, and it is an eerie place.

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rhymes with Rome...

by IRANdokht on

The interesting part of this article was:

" Muhammad Legenhausen, 55, a New York-born, ex-Catholic professor of philosophy who converted to Shiism, changed his name from Gary and moved to Iran in the 1980s. Legenhausen tells me he teaches philosophy at four universities and institutions in Qom... "

why would Shiism and mourning for someone who died 1000 years ago be so attractive to an American philosophy professor to make him change his whole life? Some of us were born and raised with those beliefs and still don't see the attraction.

I liked your title  (similarities end right there!) lol