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The struggle for Iran’s soul

As the opposition protests continue, the country is finding itself increasingly torn between conflicting views of what it means to be an Iranian and a Muslim

Iranians on the streets of Tehran marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Imam Hossein in 680

Iran’s electoral controversy of last June is starting to seem like a quaint irrelevance next to the conflict that the two sides are now waging for possession of the country—not simply its institutions and resources, but also its identity and culture. The end of the struggle will almost certainly mean defeat for one party, and not, as once seemed possible, co-existence. There will not only be political winners and losers, but moral ones too. Iranian tradition holds that fortune favours the righteous,…

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