Maryam Poya

Iran after Khomeini ‒ by Maryam Poya

February 10, 1990

Revolutionary or progressive ideas cannot be derived from dogmas that claim divine origin and include so many reactionary and oppressive tenets, not least those concerning women. Religious ideology is therefore a false consciousness, which mystifies the potential revolu­tionary consciousness of the oppressed and has often provided a cover for the manoeuvres of the ruling classes.

Iran after the War ‒ by Maryam Poya

November 10, 1989

The left and other secularists failed to mount a serious challenge to Islamization. The acceptance of Islam by the bulk of the population does not signify cal­lous indifference to the slaughter of individual leftists; rather, it is an expression of despair. The population feels powerless.