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In Search Of Identity In A Mythic Past!

By Kam Zarrabi, Intellectual Discourse

Many Iranians, especially those from the upper crust of the Iranian society in Iran and abroad, have developed an understandable disdain for what they see as a radical Islamification of the nation's affairs. Restrictions of civil rights, imposition of certain anachronistic Islamic codes of justice, draconian measures against democratic reform movements, etc, have all been blamed on an alien and imposed religious system that is regressing away from modernity into a dark and non-Iranian past.

The desire to dissociate Islam and anything that might symbolize non-Iranian origins, such as Arabic influences in Iranian literature, etc, has led to another regression, this time to a mythic past before the alien Arabs polluted the pure Aryan heritage of the Iranian nation with their imposed religion and culture.

In my short article, written in Farsi, I have tried to highlight some of the inconsistencies in such interpretations of Iran's cultural history, with hopes that better knowledge might prove conducive to better understanding.

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