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Submitted by myriam (Lebanon), Jan 8, 2015 at 13:36

I would like just to precise a point to the author of this article with all my respect to his opinion: Iran is not an islamist country at all. it is really a pity to see how people condemn a country of extremism without knowing it but only to judge on rumors! Iran is a muslim country true but very very open to foreign and western ideas.If they have their own internal rules dont think that they are fanatic. Islamism is a word to be dedicated to those people who kill others under the name of islam. Islam is not this at all. it is a religion of forgiveness and brotherhood, what we can see in Iran

. I invite really people who know nothing about iran to go and visit it or at least to read from credible sources about this country who has thousands of years of civilizations. iran is really a beautiful country which ways of living is similar to european ones. So do not judge on what you have not experienced. I thank you for accepting my comment.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I did not write "Iran is an Islamist country." I wrote:

It is strange to observe that the lively, new ideas in Kemalist Turkey are Islamist ones, whereas the lively, new ideas in Islamist Iran are secular ones.

"Islamist Iran" was a shorthand, like "Kemalist Turkey" to the government, not the entire country. I am fully aware that many Iranians are not Islamist, just as many Turks are not Kemalist.

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