Thanks to the 34-year bad experiences with the Islamic regime, Iranians distance themselves on a daily basis from Islam. Iran aside, all Middle Eastern countries would freely choose Islamic states. The choice is due to a correlation between the national identity and Islam. Nevertheless, to Iranian identity, such a correlation has a continuous air of detachment.
Islam to Arabic Middle East is melt with their history, a history of Caliphate and a period of the "Golden Ages" of Islam, what led to military Muslim conquerors in long wars of “Jihad”, holly wars, against the “non-Muslim” world. The pride of Arabs and Sunnite Muslims has been proudly associated with this “Golden Ages” of Islam. This pride exists in their collective unconscious. It is formed by emotion, tradition and history, but not rationality. Rationality is a new paradigm shift in the Islamic world initiated by Iranians who suffer at most under the plague of the Islamic regime.
Reinforced by accumulated defeats during the Crusades and finally collapse of the “Golden Ages”, the Arabic / Sunnite Muslims have the impression of being looked down by "non Muslims”, especially during the period of British / French colonisation -- a second Crusade of non-Muslims! The broken pride of Muslims is followed by the inception of a Jewish state in 1948 in the “holy lands” of Muslims.
This Islamic identity, which has been so mechanically imposed or patched up with the most Arabs / Sunnite countries, plays after all an identity formation for them to the extent of once being violated by “non-Muslims”, the reaction turns into a pan-Islamism. The reactions like the Taliban’s anti-American, Hamas and Hezbollah anti-Semite, as character formations are the recent examples of the pan-Islamic transformation.
Muslims in the ME is provoked by the "non Muslim" occupation of the "holy" territories of "Muslim" Palestine is a "new Crusade" of western arrogance by propping up the “Zionism” to violate "Muslim" rights. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by Bush administration radicalised the ends. Under such circumstances, Islam has created a new emotion of self-identity-defence which is expressed through an Islamic front of unity with its genuine impetus.
By contrast, in Iran we have the factors that are not in favour of an Islamic impetus, but even distance themselves from Islam. The reasons are many, among which: we have the plague of the 34-year anti-Iranian Islamic regime considered by most Iranians as a force of occupier. It is considered as a reminder of the 7th. Muslim invasion, those who ravaged, killed, raped enslaved, destroyed and humiliated Iranians during two centuries of their military occupation. Then we had in the 16-17th. century the Safavid Dynasty that brutally imposed the Shiite sect on Iran by shedding blood of hundreds of thousands of “infidel” Iranians. Then we had the dark period of the Qajar Dynasty in 18-19th century. These two dynasties Shiitised Iran with the most backward norms and mourning rituals of Shiite Islam.
So, with all these negative and sorrowful experiences of Islam in Iran, Iranians are not proud of Islam. Thanks to the Mullahs’ crimes and animosities to the Iranian pre-Islamic history and culture, Iranians are now aware to how Islam has irreplaceablely damaged their cultural values. Under these complex reasons, the Islamic regime in Iran seems to be the last bastion of leftovers of the Islamic invaders of the 7th. century and once this regime is collapsed, an Islamic regime will never emerge.
Iranians are the first nation in the Middle East who promoted into a revolutionary stage of awareness that no Islamic state leads to satisfaction. The Islamic regime is indeed an occasion that refreshed their 14-old century of reminiscence with Islam. An encouraging trend calls for an end of all taboos related to Islam, an end of fear and love toward Islam emerges in the society. Iranian national pride overwhelms this taboo breaking; furthermore, rational Iranians know that complex needs as the gender equality, social justice, Bill of the Human Rights, independence and modernity are categorically incompatible with Islam. With the credibility gap of the Green Movement between what it promised in 2009 and what people now realise, Iranians now realise that any Islamic state under any name and colour does not solve the Iranians’ problems, but will rather be used as a trampoline for survival of the Islamic regime and finally for another bunch of backward Muslims.