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[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Dana Information Network

[Date:] 18 Dey 1396 [8 January 2018]


The [statement] of the deputy director of the Institute of History of Iran about the removal of the hijab

The ridiculing of the hijab in the press was the prelude to the removal of the hijab; the perverse Baha’i sect and Wahhabism fueled the removal of hijab; they had prohibited the veiled women from entry to the threshold of His Honour Imam Reza and Her Honour Masumah.

The research deputy of the Institute of Iranian History Studies said, “The project of removing the hijab started before the time of Reza Khan, and some currents such as Babism and Baha’ism promoted it.”

According to the Rah-e Dana Information Network, the project of removing the hijab dates back to the years before the Reza Khan era to some currents such as Babism and Baha’ism, but its implementation was carried out by Reza Khan on 17 Dey 1314 [8 January 1936], which banned the hijab and [refusal to remove] the hijab...

The perverse Baha’i sect and Wahhabism fuelled this issue because they considered the main key to change in Iran was the way of women and their way of life and their presence in the general society...

In Iran, at the beginning, they started the changes with women, and two perverse sects were in the forefront in unveiling and banning the hijab, which was supported by some associations. Most Western ambassadors, agents, and the press somehow related to Iran supported the project.

Mer’at - After Reza Khan came to power, how did the government and the authorities treat people who did not wear the hijab?

With the coming to power of Reza Khan, the support became serious; in the form of a circular, they ordered the law enforcement [agencies] to deal with those people if anyone disturbed the unveiled women, and to provide security for this class.

After Reza Khan was established and consolidated his power, and he was able to suppress many of his opponents, he took that serious action to ban the hijab (it was not [only]to support women without the hijab, but also women with the hijab were forced to either sit at home or remove their hijab). Contrary to all their slogans, they destroyed the social presence of a large number of women by removing the hijab, leading to the liberation of women slogan...

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