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Iran Unveils Islamic Doll, Hijab Software, And Islamic Tie

Is she on "Hijab Messenger"?
Is she on "Hijab Messenger"?
Iran has unveiled a number of "Islamic" products including an Islamic tie.

The tie, which is shaped like the sword of Imam Ali (cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad who is considered by Shi'a as his rightful successor) and decorated with an Islamic hadith (a saying attributed to Muhammad), has been registered in the Islamic republic by inventor Hemat Komeili. (For a picture, click here.)

Komeili has been quoted as saying that his tie has been approved by some of the sources of emulation. He says it appears beautiful like a tie in addition to being based on Islamic values.

Ties came under attack in Iran following the 1979 revolution as one of the symbols of "decadent" Western cultures. It was reported that men with ties were detained in the early days of the revolution and according to unconfirmed reports in some cases their ties were cut off.

Some Iranian men still wear ties in public even though it is generally condemned and disapproved by the country's leaders and clerics.

Meanwhile an Iranian company says it has created the first Islamic doll.

Iran had in the past created two dolls, "Sara" and "Dara," which were to counter Barbie and Ken but reportedly were not very popular. The new doll, which is branded Islamic and not Iranian, has the Arabic name "Fatima."

Hossein Homay Seresht, of the company Fam that created Fatima, says the doll is meant to fight the "enemies' cultural invasion" of the Islamic republic.

Seresht says that Iran's enemies are increasingly targeting 3-year-old kids.

"The Westerners, by creating Barbie and marketing it, are encouraging bad veiling and not wearing the hijab; all of these factors led us to take it as our duty to present Islamic dolls to the market," he said.

The company has also produced the "Hijab Forbidden" software, which despite its name is designed to promote the Islamic hijab, or veiling.

Seresht says the software includes video clips of Islamic fashion, speeches about the hijab and a "Hijab Messenger," an instant messaging service that he said is based on the same model as Yahoo messenger but that chat can only take place with "people who are defined within the system."

He provides no further details and does not say whether it means that only people who are wearing the hijab or those who support the hijab can use it.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

Tags: hijab

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by: Khaled Omar from: Tunisia
November 17, 2010 02:56
God Bless Iran the only true Islamic state commited to reviving the Islamic civilization! We Arabs have fallen behind, hopefuly soon we will wake up too.

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by: Iller from: Canada
November 23, 2010 22:25
To Khaled Omar - Aren't Iranians Persian?
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by: Craig Davis from: USA
November 24, 2010 18:12
To Khaled Omar - As long as you reform islam while you do this!

by: BeachJuicetice from: Boston, MA
November 17, 2010 08:40
As someone pointed out to me, these items were produced by private Iranian businesses.
The title of "Iran unveils" is a bit misleading because it makes it sound like this fashion event has some backing and promotion by public officials in Iran.

by: Anonymous
November 17, 2010 13:34
@Beachjustice I'm pretty sure they have the backing of authorities, otherwise their products would not get any publicity. and the guy with the tie says he has the support of senior clerics.

by: leciat from: usa
November 17, 2010 20:51
your right khaled the "muslim world" needs to show more hatred of anything "western"...it is the way to peace and understanding in the world...hopefully you arabs will soon all raise your voice in the death to america chants as well

by: Anonymous
November 17, 2010 21:51
That tie is hideous! And as someone who is required to wear a tie daily, its more repressive than decadent...meaning the Iranian regime would be more consistent if it supported the wearing of ties.

by: Sam from: USA
November 18, 2010 03:25
While Western entrepreneurs are encouraged to develop the latest technology to solve energy issues, communication issues etc our government encourages useless things like an Islamic tie. What a worthless piece of innovation if you can even call it that.
This government has failed and it is time for it to go to where it belongs, HELL

by: Sahar from: USA
November 20, 2010 18:17
God Bless Iran? Reviving Islamic Civilization? As I recall the concept of wearing a tie was deemed Western. Why is there a "need" to wear a tie if it is "western." Until we see things and everyone as either "friend" or "foe" we might as well forget about peace and tolerance and let whoever is seeking to "revive" their own civilization led the next holocaust....by the way, if the "west" is so bad perhaps you can leave and make room for those who actually like to live in a society that allows for this kind of a forum to even exist.

by: Mike from: Internet
November 24, 2010 12:38
lol. Is this some kind of April fools joke? "Iran's enemies are increasingly targeting 3-year-old kids"?? These people have lost the plot, the lunatics are running the asylum.

by: ronyvo from: USA
November 24, 2010 15:16
You people are the craziest of the entire world. I have to laugh with sadness. You people do not know what to do with yourselves. Keep on humilating yourselves and exposing the ugliness in this Islam.
I feel sorry for you.
The world is going forward and you are going backwards with large steps.

by: Secret Spy from: Earth
November 28, 2010 08:04
The world has to realise because theirs no right or wrong way, even if its ugly or pretty. Why should Amercicans or Europeans say so, the same should be said about Iran or any other Islamic state
American and its European friends are facists so are Iran and its islamic friends
The Big Question is which Facist Empire has the mostest and Kill the most babies, children, women, men???

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