The Revolution Will not be Televised: Youth, Gender and Islam in Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran is often portrayed as a traditional nation that is stuck in the past. Yet, life for Iranian youth is much more complex than such simplified claims would suggest. Indeed, Iranian history contains countless examples of the ups and downs of modernization, including some in the very near past. With the Iranian government feeling the backlash of Islamic conservatives demanding a return to traditionalism, questions about the relationship between Islam and gender weigh heavily on the minds of many youths.

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The Sunni­-Shia Conflict in Iraq: A Cultural Perspective

The Republic of Iraq has been a fixation for U.S. media for over a decade. However, many people are unaware of the country’s complex internal relations, especially those between Iraq’s Sunni and Shia populations. Tensions between these two groups have existed throughout history and have worsened in recent years, especially after Saddam Hussein’s regime. As sectarian conflicts escalate and the country’s disunity deepens, will a greater understanding of the reasons for these conflicts provide hope for future peace?

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