lifestyle revolution in Iran

Since Rouhani became president in 2013, a “lifestyle movement” is underway with women without headscafs, university students wearing bright colors, street musicians and concerts (conservative clerics say music is haram), comedians (before joking in public was suspect), and billboards not just for political leaders but celebrities. This opening is similar to what happened in the “Iranian Spring” under moderate president Mohammad Khatami, 1997 to 2005. Political expression is the red line that still can’t be crossed, although campaigns mushroom for initiatives to save stray cats and dogs or improve the quality of Iranian cars.

Thomas Erdbrink, “Cautiously, Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties Long Suppressed,” New York Times, October 5, 2015.

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