The Center of Middle Eastern Terrorism Debating Veils on Womens’ Heads

A covered woman wearing the chādor and ḥijāb in downtown Tehrān. (Christian Aslund / Getty Images)

One of the great ironies about Iran today is the great debate going on about whether or not women should be required to wear veils.

A few days ago, a small number of women, dozens apparently, were arrested for protesting the Islamic law requiring all women to wear veils — and that all men not wear shorts.

The women protesting weren’t too concerned with what men must put up with.

They were mostly expressing a disinterest with the law requiring all women to wear veils.

The veil law went into effect in 1979 following the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

The hardliners, as the aging, angry, hypocritical post revolutionistas are called in Iran, demand adherence to the veil law — uncompromising, irrevocable adherence.

This despite the fact that about half of Iranian women and men want the requirement to end.

The New York Times reported the release of a report compiled in 2014 but never released indicating that Iranian men and women in large numbers wanted the end to the head veil requirement.

As reported in The New York Times:

 The office of Iran’s president on Sunday charged into the middle of one of the most contentious debates over the character of the Islamic Republic, suddenly releasing a three-year-old report showing that nearly half of Iranians wanted an end to the requirement that women cover their heads in public.

The report’s release comes as dozens of women in recent weeks have protested in public against being forced to wear the veil, a symbol of Iran’s revolution as much as it is deemed a religious requirement.

The decision to release the report — which found that 49.8 percent of Iranians, both women and men, consider the Islamic veil a private matter and think the government should have no say in it — appears to pit President Hassan Rouhani directly against Iran’s hard-line judiciary, which on Friday said that 29 people had been detained in connection with the protests. They have called the demonstrations “childish,” insist that the large majority of Iranians support Islamic veiling and have called for harsher measures against those protesting the veil.

At least as striking as the report’s findings was the timing of its release. The study is from 2014, and publishing it now suggests that the president saw this as a moment to challenge the hard-liners, who hold ultimate power, about such a symbolically potent issue.

Observers said the release of the report, by one of Mr. Rouhani’s closest advisers, was probably a politically calculated decision by the president, an Islamic cleric, to bolster support for social reforms and to signal to the authorities to temper their response to the veil protests.

The veil debate and protest by women seeking their freedom in the Islamic Republic is but the tip of the iceberg for what is certainly to come — and we saw what is to come several weeks back when there were riots all over Iran protesting the weak economy, lack of jobs and the irrelevance of old, mostly corrupt and hypocritical post-revolutionaries trying to impose their crudities on a nation with a mostly young population.

The young population in Iran, like young populations everywhere, do not line up compliantly to obey repressive social measures by older men and mullahs dressed in black robes and pretending to be messengers of Allah.

Allah is having his problems in modern Iran.

As the revolution grows more distant and the old revolutionaries die out, a new society will be formed – a new leadership with a different vision And a less religious one.

This is not about American posturing about Iran.

It is about reality.

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