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Valerie T.

on 4 May 2016

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Transcript of Religion

"Disturbances in society are never more fearful than when those who are stirring up the trouble can use the pretext of religion to mask their true designs."-Denis Diderot

I agree with this quote because it is scary when people use the excuse of religion to hide their real intentions. Religion is one of the best way to do this.
religion and war trend
can create a wave a followers resulting to be a form of exclusion for some
it's all about the timing

Persepolis is written and based on Marjane Satrapi's who describes her childhood in Iran. She grows up in an environment surrounded by a corrupt and controlling government in the midst of the 1978-1979 revolution . She develops from a child to a teenager and throughout the story she is always encountering problems that confuse her. This is normal considering all the chaos that she's witnessed growing up.

In the book Persepolis the leaders in charge used the excuse of religion as a form of control covering up their real scheme of trying to get the whole country eating out of the palm of their hand. In the book Marji is experiencing/witnessing the wave of religion that completely surrounds her,religion and war coming together, and how reverting back to Islamic ways means different values are now present.

How this book connects to my position
My Position
Self-Selected Article
Iran:Religious Elements of the 1979 Islamic Revolution
Author:Berkeley Center for religion,peace,and world affairs Georgetown university
Source: http://repository.berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/130801BCIranReligiousElements1979IslamicRevolution.pdf
Brief summary
How this source relates to my position
In my position I stated that timing is key so when Khomeini
"struck a chord with the urban poor.... gave weight to his claim that Iran’s problems could be resolved by a return to Islamic ways."
Second Self-selected article
Title: Iran
Author:Bureau of democracy, human rights, and labor
Brief Summary
How this source relates to my position
This source explains what happens to the minority religions. Overall the minorities that are not Muslim are restricted and have limited of freedom of religion.
Third Self-Selected Article
How this source relates to my position
Brief Summary
My question to the audience is ...
Do you think a theocracy can work as a successful type of government and that the reason it failed in this case was because of the people in charge?
This article is case study that tries to find an explanation to how and why Iran eventually became a republic/theocracy. This case study looks at the historical background, domestic, international, religion and socioeconomic factors. It is arranged in a chronological order from ancient Iran to Khomeini achieving power but it mainly focuses on Muhammad Reza Shah up to the the time of Khomeini

This article focuses on restrictions that minority religions have in Iran. According to the article Islam is the official religion but that minorities like Christians,Jews, and Zoroastrians are "protected." Despite this, there are cases of discrimination and other violent acts towards them.
Minorities have to face...
cameras outside of churches
can't practice religion publicly
cant run for certain positions of office
Holy wars usually have three elements:

the achievement of a religious goal
authorized by a religious leader
a spiritual reward for those who take part
title: holy wars
Explains how religion and wars go together as well as the types of religious causes, lawful authority, the spiritual reward and a brief explanation of the first holy war (the Crusades).
This source explains the nature of religious wars.
In conclusion it isn't religion that's dangerous it when politics use use for their own benefit as it is a powerful tool.
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