Hojatieh Society: 57 Years in the Shadow
Rooz Online / Ardalan Sayami

Talking about the Hojatieh Society today and its role in Iran is both easy and difficult. On one hand it is possible to draw parallels between what the government and the Hojatieh are doing, and conclude that the current administration is in fact a “neo-Hojatieh” outfit.  On the other hand however, the idea of separation of state and religion is prominent in the group. Its leaders believe in a “personal religion” and deem the establishment of an Islamic government to be the prerogative of the twelfth Imam. But these views are in contradiction with the political philosophy of the leaders of the Islamic Republic. Under these circumstances, there is a battle raging between three movements which puts the Hojatieh in a more precarious corner.

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