The Secular Republic of Iran

Source: Th Wall Street Journal

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics. But in a theocracy, any political upheaval will inevitably affect the faith. Westerners following the recent wave of protests should also consider a series of important religious questions. Is the Islamic Republic’s religious identity in transition? Is Islam in Iran losing its appeal as a unifying political force? Is secularism rising? Are Iranian clerics finished as intermediaries between God and man?

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