Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, November 08, 2002
REFORM OF FUNDAMENTALIST ISLAM is serious business in Iran, where they know what it means.

The reactionary theocrats are in control, but the voices of moderation are clearer there than in many Islamic countries that claim secular governments.

It is also a country where liberal values can be fatal, as journalist Hashem Aghajari has found out.

He has just been condemned to death for insulting the prophet, which means saying that Iranians should not blindly follow religious leaders, and calling for religious renewal in Shi'ite Islam., that is, he challenges the ruling mullahs.