• Susan Seligson

    Susan Seligson has written for many publications and websites, including the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Yankee, Outside, Redbook, the Times of London, Salon.com, Radar.com, and Nerve.com. Profile

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There are 9 comments on LAW Student Unveils Life in Iran

  1. There is hope for Iran,a revolution greater than the former is brewing and building mommentum.As long as the youths hang on and remain strong they will win someday.

  2. What a brave book to write! I wonder how much the cultural heritage and beliefs of ancient Zorastorism contribute to the similarity between Iranians and North Americans. I hope to get a copy of your book and share it with others.

  3. I have concerns about the views in the Article:

    1- The work might only based on selective people in Iran who shared same secular ideas.
    To what extent that is representative of the whole country/population? What I understand the sample of interviews is not random. So,if it is non-random, we cannot conclude that apply to all/most population.

    2- Prison authorities might act badly with prisoners but these authorities could act against Ayatollah’s views. Islam encourages to treat prisoners with dignity. The recent blogger case in Iran demonstrates this. The supervisor of cyber police was dismissed as a result. People suspected in death case were detained. There are always mistakes in every country every highly developed democracies. People learnt their mistakes and correct it.

    3- Homosexuality is controversial topic even in developed democracy such as America. Some states recognize it and other not. So, this is not universally accepted right. In Islam, homosexuality is recognized as disease for the society. One consequence of prevalence of homosexuality is that birth rate will be very low. This is bad for the future of society. Iran might like to put maximum penalty in order to deter people from such act in order to avoid the prevalence of homosexuality.

  4. Delforoush’s contribution seems noteworthy but to what degree is it representative ? I do not get the sense that he has spoken to conservative practising Muslims who have an ambiguous relation to the regime ie one that wavers over how much to support it. We seem to get a picture without the poor underclass who have little or no access to the internet. On the issue of homosexuality he also seems to be presenting something for modern Western consumption. It’s a complex issue that cannot be boxed easily into modern western categories. The question of the conflict between Western morals, Western consumerism and Iranian piety and religiosity – Persia being historically a well-spring of religions from Zoroastrianism to Bahai’ism – often falls silent in discourses of this kind. At the same time it is good that the channel of listening to Iranians has begun.

  5. I like the article to an extent. It’s trying to shed light on certain things like oppression and injustice in the Iranian republic. What I do not like is the way it portrays people as vulnerable victims who just love the West. Oh wait, what they love is Western pop culture, which I’m sure many Americans don’t want to be associated with simply because of its absurdity.

    I understand the oppression as I lived in a closely related form of it in a neighboring country, but I still think there is this tendency to oppose that concept against the West rather than, say human rights. Things like freedom of speech and gender issues are a concern to every sane citizen of any society, not the West only.

    The way these questions are tailored just makes it look like East vs. West, ignoring the globe as a whole and the way internet unites all. It doesn’t inspire critical thinking, and sometimes I feel like the interviewees are not responsible for the result of the article because of the manner the questions were tailored. On the other hand, I feel like some do involve in the West-loving cliché just to get their voices heard.

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