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Iran Unveils Approved Hairstyles

Is your haircut un-Islamic?Is your haircut un-Islamic?
Is your haircut un-Islamic?
Is your haircut un-Islamic?
Iran has unveiled haircuts that according to officials are in line with Iranian and Islamic principles.

The new haircut models approved by Iran's Culture Ministry are aimed at preventing haircuts deemed "Western" among Iranian youth.

Barbers and men with haircuts considered "Western" and fashionable have been warned in recent years.

The unveiling of the "Islamic" haircuts comes amid a new crackdown on "bad hijab" or veiling among women and also men.

Making Iranians, especially the young, follow state-imposed rules on their appearance has turned into a real challenge for Iranian officials, who often rely on force to fight what they describe as un-Islamic and immoral clothing and bad hijab.

Many young Iranians have in the past 30 years rebelled against an Islamic establishment that tries to control their private and public lives through their appearance, including clothing, hairstyles, and make-up.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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by: Hamik C Gregory from: Reno, NV USA
July 06, 2010 20:47
“An Islamic establishment that tries to control [people’s] private and public lives through their appearance, including clothing, hairstyles, and make-up” wants to be as annoying and onerous as it can be. The more desprately they seek political, cultural, and religious approval from the Collage of Distingished Theologians-Source for Emulation-in the holey Cities of Quom and Mashhad, the more desperately thoughtless things they do. Such an approval, by the way, will never be forthcoming.
They want to be obnoxiously at everybody’s throat and tell everyone what to wear and what to do. An obnoxiousness that only Mr. Ahmadinjed’s government can inspire!
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by: Turgai
July 07, 2010 14:42
Hadik, admit that if they prohibit Lady Gaga's haircuts it is a service to humanity not totalitarianism. :)
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by: Ham from: USA
July 07, 2010 20:42
Who is GAga?
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by: Turgai
July 08, 2010 13:26
"Who is GAga? "
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by: Hamik C Gregory from: Reno, NV USA
July 09, 2010 19:46
Quite contrary Mr. Turgai! They should fire Mr. Ahmadinejad and replace her with Lady Gaga. She is definitely not going to obnoxiously stick her nose in everybody’s business and tell Iranian women obnoxiously what to do and what not to wear. She is certainly not going to preach morality. She will definitely avoid being an annoying pest and let educated Iranian women decide for themselves. Bassijis, at the mean time, while she is doing her thing, will become so distracted by her outfits, make up, and exaggerated style of singing that they won’t have time to harass and intimidate my people in Iran.
Let’s choose the slogan “Lady Gaga for Iran”. She will do a tremendous service to the Iranians in Iran by letting them be whatever they want to be!
Mr Turgi, Free Agency, Man’s ability to thing and decide for Himself, is a God given gift. No one can take it away except God!
Have you ever wondered why the most competent Shia theologians in the holey cities of Quom and Mashhad never stick their nose in anybody’s business?

by: PT from: Hoboken
July 08, 2010 03:00
I wonder if this could backfire... the further the regime goes to try to regulate personal behavior, the easier it is for large numbers of people to organize non-violent civil disobedience. I can imagine large numbers of people growing their hair long just to annoy the authorities. Would they really throw thousands of people in jail for that ? Yes, I guess they would.

by: Shoaib Choudhury from: Dhaka, Bangladesh
July 30, 2010 17:19
In my newspaper, Weekly Blitz, we are continuing to publish articles, investigative reports, interviews etc on situation in Iran under Mullah Regime. We welcome readers to the online edition of Weekly Blitz on

Also pro-democracy and anti-Mullah forces in Iran are encouraged to send articles, scoops, information etc to our newspaper.

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