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Apr 03 2019 14:52:12
Iran Needs an Enemy. Trump Is Giving It One.
Nothing brings a country together like anti-Americanism.
By Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar
Mr. Tabaar is the author of “Religious Statecraft: The Politics of
Islam in Iran.”
April 3, 2019
Demonstrators burn a picture of President Trump during a protest last
May in response to his decision to pull out of the international
nuclear deal and renew sanctions.CreditVahid Salemi/Associated Press
Image Demonstrators burn a picture of President Trump during a protest
last May in response to his decision to pull out of the international
nuclear deal and renew sanctions.CreditCreditVahid Salemi/Associated
Forty years after the 1979 revolution, Islamism is exhausting itself as
a legitimizing force for the Islamic Republic of Iran. Studies
sponsored by the Iranian government show that resentment toward the
state’s religious symbols is at an all-time high.
According to the research arm of the Iranian parliament, around 70
percent of Iranian women do not strictly follow the official diktats
for wearing a veil. Anticlerical sentiments have turned violent.
Regardless of their ties to the government, clerics are routinely
attacked and stabbed in the streets by angry anti-regime individuals.
Iran is responding by cautiously downplaying Islamism and emphasizing
nationalism and foreign threats to win over disgruntled citizens.
Iran’s leaders acknowledged the societal shift away from Islamism by
making unprecedented references to nationalism and showing their
determination to incorporate patriotic sentiments into the state
ideology during the 40th anniversary celebrations of the revolution in
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