a few things
  • Iranian Arabs face discrimination from both Persian Iranians and non-Iranian Arabs, most of them don’t have any privileges based on their nationality or ethnicity almost everywhere in the world (if they have privileges it usually comes from their religious background, class, etc.) 
  • Calling out Persians on their anti-Arab racism is not anti-Persian racism
  • Both Persians and non- Iranian Arabs who use Iranian Arabs as an excuse to be racist towards each other and don’t actually give a shit about us can literally die
  • With that said, neither side gets to dismiss our very few advocates or derail conversations that are specifically about the anti-Arab racism of Persians for any reason, leave it to Iranian Arabs to do that 
  • A lot of Arab immigrants in Iran share similar struggles with Iranian Arabs therefore they have every right to participate in discussions and conversations about discrimination against Arabs in Iran and call out the anti-Arab racism of Persians 
  • If Iranian Arabs aren’t speaking out and standing up for themselves, it’s probably due to the fear of the consequences it can have on our status and situation in Iranian society and/or because Persians actively exclude us from Iranian spaces and mock, ignore, and silence us when we do talk about the discrimination we face
  • It is not the responsibility of Iranian Arabs to always call out racism in Persians or actively talk about their marginalization in Iran, they don’t have to say anything if they don’t want to so don’t force them into positions where they have to do/say things they aren’t comfortable with
  • Iranian Arabs aren’t a monolith, they have different political positions and opinions as well as different cultures and histories 
  • It is not up to Persians to invalidate those positions and opinions, our response to marginalization is an intra-community issue and discussion
  • If you claim that you have never heard anything from and about Iranian Arabs or that you can’t “find anything” on us, it’s probably because a) you’re probably ignoring us or b) you’re not looking hard enough 
  • Literally just do not talk about issues you don’t know shit about and LISTEN to Iranian Arabs (and other minorities) when they call you out or talk about their experiences/views, you are allowed to make mistakes but realize that we are the ones who have to pay for them and that it has a very real and brutal impact on us and our communities 
  • If you are Persian listen to Iranian Arabs and use your privileges to give them a platform to speak about their experiences with discrimination in Iran, use your privileges to advocate for us and bring attention to our struggles, make your spaces safe and inclusive of Iranian Arabs and stop derailing conversations that are about us

Singing in the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

The acoustics  in the 400 year old mosque are amazing & notes hang in the air with crystal clarity. The singer is a student from northern Iran visiting Isfahan & had always wanted to sing in the mosque because of its unique acoustic resonance qualities. You have to stand on the tiled square for perfect effect.


Kimia Alizadeh becomes the first woman from Iran to win an Olympic medal

Kimia Alizadeh is just 18 years old and is already viewed as an icon by fellow Iranians on Twitter for her incredible feat Thursday night. She became the first woman to win an Olympic medal while representing Iran when she won the bronze in taekwondo.

Alizadeh defeated Sweden’s Nikita Glasnovic in the under-57 kilogram division by 5-1 for the bronze medal, Yahoo News reported. In doing so, she became an inspiration for a whole generation of young Iranian women.

Alizadeh, who competed in a sports hijab under her combative gear, already has a successful career in the martial arts.

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The Complete Persepolis (2007)

“Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.”

 by Marjane Satrapi

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Marjane Satrapi (Persian: مرجان ساتراپی) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children’s book author. Apart from her native tongue Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian.

Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran-Iraq War. She currently lives in Paris, where she is at work on the sequel to Persepolis. She is also the author of several children’s books.

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Men in Iran are wearing hijabs to stand up for their wives.

In Islam, modesty should be equally applied to both men and women. This is not the case in Iran.

The “morality police,” or religious police, have been enforcing strict religious dress codes on women ever since the end of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Iranian women are required to wear the hijab, or headscarf, or be subjected to fines or imprisonment — and now men in Iran are standing up to say that this is enough.

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