The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©
17 September 2005
Growing concerns have been expressed about the erosion of stones at the world famous historical site of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) which symbolizes national glory, reported Persian service of ISNA.
pre-Islamic heritage sites, are suffering as the
result of the Islamic regime in power, as the
ruling clerics in Iran are devoted to Arabic and
Islamic culture. For the regime's larders the
title of 'sayyed' (a descendent of
Muhammad) isn't simply an honorific but it is a
title affirming that the blood running in their
veins is the same as that of Bedouins who invaded
and pillaged Sasanian Iran in 7th century.
Soon after the 1979, Islamic Republic's efforts was began to subvert Iran's unique identity via Islamisation, in which the ruling clerics have tried to literally wreck and undermine the history and legacy of pre-Islamic Iran, and therefore Sadeq Khalkhali who was one of the most notorious Muslim clerics, nicknamed "the Hanging Judge," had sent bulldozers to level the magnificent Achaemenid ruins at Persepolis. If not for the proud locals who laid down in the path of those bulldozers and eventually chased them away, the famed pre-Islamic Iranian colonnades and its' majestic halls would have had the same fate as Bamiyan's Buddha statues, destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
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