Monday, November 17, 2008

Qur'an Dancing

Another high-profile ally of Mahmood Ahmadinejad is in trouble:
"A deputy to Mahmud Ahmadinejad has come under fire for attending a ceremony that involved actions deemed insulting to the Koran, a row that has given fuel to the Iranian president's opponents before next year's election...

"In comments published on November 16, opponents targeted his vice president, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, who is in charge of a culture and tourism body, for hosting a ceremony where women in traditional dress carried in the Koran, Islam's holy book, to music. Media described the ceremony as a 'dance.'

"'Violation of the sanctity [of the Koran] in the presence of Your Excellency's deputy and under his management...causes deep regret for every Muslim,' the head of the Islamic Coalition Front, Mohammad-Nabbi Habibi, said in a letter to the president."

The Reuters reporter who filed the story seems a bit confused about the structure of Iran's executive branch, which, much like a corporation, includes multiple people with the title "Vice President."

(Crossposted to American Footprints)



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