Iran's Sullen Majority

(New York Times Magazine) Tim Judah - The 1979 Islamic revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini is now crumbling. Iran is a country with two faces: the public face of conformity with Islamic rules and the private face, which as often as not shuns, ignores, or even despises those strictures. Iran is in the throes of a new revolution: a social and cultural revolution every bit as powerful as the one that toppled the shah. According to the Ayande polling firm , 66 percent of Iranians say they want reform, and 23 percent want radical change. Only 11 percent say the system is fine as is.

2002-09-03 00:00:00

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