There are lots of people working from within to modernise Iran, and lots of those people are women. If things get better, and they will, because they always do, it will come from Fariba and Reyhaneh and Bahareh and Narges and Homa and people like them, not from a war.
This is Maedeh Hojabri, an Iranian teenager who was arrested this week
by the Islamic police in Iran for dancing and posting videos, which she made in her bedroom, on Instagram.
She has been forced to confess on Iran’s Islamic television network and sentenced to four years imprisonment and 100 lashes.
You could reasonably claim that Islam cannot shoulder all the blame for this, as there are many Muslim majority countries which do not lock up women for dancing in their homes. However, you cannot reasonably claim that Islam cannot shoulder any of the blame for this. The Iranian government clearly believes they are enforcing some sort of Islamic law, and maybe that’s enough.
Iranians are using the hashtags مائده_هژبری , #ماهی_مائده , #آزادی_مائده# to demand Maedeh’s release.
This is from an Iranian poster campaign which demonstrates, if there were any doubt, that any Muslim insistence on women wearing the hijab (etc.) is at least as much about judging women for making their own choices as it is about preserving modesty.