Pardis Mahdavi is an author at Religion News Service.
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Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Narges Mohammadi, in prison for speaking up against human rights violations, has been a voice for women for almost two decades
By Pardis Mahdavi — October 9, 2023
(The Conversation) — Narges Mohammadi is the second Iranian woman, after Shirin Ebadi, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She remains locked up in Evin, Iran’s most notorious prison for political detainees.
Lionel Messi’s black cloak: a brief history of the bisht, given to the superstar after his World Cup triumph
By Pardis Mahdavi — December 24, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Middle Eastern cultural traditions explains the history and significance of the bisht.
Who are Iran’s morality police? A scholar of the Middle East explains their history
By Pardis Mahdavi — December 13, 2022
(The Conversation) — Morality police first appeared in Iran soon after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. But similar forces were present in parts of the Middle East even prior to the date.
Iranian women have been rebelling against restrictions since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 – with renewed hope that protests this time will end differently
By Pardis Mahdavi — September 29, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Iranian politics explains how Iranians have organized resistance movements for the past several decades while risking arrest and public flogging.
A Persian festival, Yalda, celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, with pomegranates, poetry and sacred rituals
By Pardis Mahdavi — December 20, 2021
(The Conversation) — People stay up all night, telling stories and eating dried fruits, in addition to watermelon and pomegranate, to celebrate the sunrise soon after the longest night of the year.
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