2. post (where it says “comments” below) a one page single-spaced op-ed citing ample evidence from EACH article (insufficient evidence from EACH article will result in a zero). Your op-ed should carefully address the relationship between Islam and Democracy in Iran.
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Iran’s complex political system combines elements of a modern Islamic theocracy with democracy. The whole system operates under a Supreme Leader who is, in theory, appointed by an elected body but is in practice answerable to nobody. The key question is how this system develops in the ongoing struggle between reformists and conservatives.
To answer this question, I have two posted two interactive flow charts which should help you to cultivate structural-functional analyses of Iran’s Political system:
Shirin Ebadi, age 56, has fought for women’s rights, children’s rights and human rights for years, defending political activists and other human rights lawyers. Ebadi was Iran’s first woman judge before the 1979 Islamic revolution — at which point she was fired by the mullahs. As a lawyer, writer and part-time lecturer at Tehran University, she has argued that there is no contradiction between Islam and human rights. She has been previously jailed for her defense of political activists. Currently Shirin Ebadi has taken on the case of Zahra Kazemi, the Canadian journalist murdered in Iran.