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Iran Cultural Official Resigns Over Concert In Holy City Of Qom

Source: RFE/RL

A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom where many of Iran's senior ayatollahs are based. Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month.

Abbas Daneshi, head of Qom's department of culture (file photo)

In recent months, senior clerics and hard-liners have criticized the government for allowing concerts in religious cities that host shrines of revered Shi'ite saints.

The Culture Ministry said last week that it would not permit concerts in Qom and Mashhad.

cartoon by Mohsen Zarifian, Ghanoon daily

Many concerts in other Iranian cities, including the capital, Tehran, have been canceled in recent months due to pressure from hard-liners.

Based on reporting by AP, BBC and Fararu

Copyright (c) 2016 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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