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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Struggles over Defining the Moral City: The Problem Called “Youth” in Urban Iran

Struggles over Defining the Moral City: The Problem Called “Youth” in Urban Iran

(p.207) 13 Struggles over Defining the Moral City: The Problem Called “Youth” in Urban Iran
Being Young and Muslim

Azam Khatam

Oxford University Press

Since the early 1990s, the issue of the booming young generation has been placed at the top of the public agenda of the Iranian state. During this same period, young people have played a major role in the resistance against official attempts to reshape the cultural and even the physical space of urban areas along monolithic moral guidelines. The aim of this chapter is to analyze the successive Islamization policies of the Iranian state, with a focus on the successive attempts to police moral behavior of young people in public places in the cities. For the past 28 years, the moral police have been in charge of enforcing Islamic codes in urban public space. Their performance is an indication of the effectiveness of officially sanctioned Islamization policies of the Islamic Republic, the Republic of piety.

Keywords:   Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamization, moral policing, republic of piety, public space, cities

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