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Iran: A Nation Torn Between Westernized and Traditional Customs

Dorreen Danesh | Iran

A Traditional Middle eastern ceiling design. This lies above the tomb of Hafez in Shiraz, Iran. Hafez was a beloved Iranian poet whose scriptures are esteemed today by many almost to the same degree as the Holy Quran.

Known as Persia until 1935, Iran has been inhabited since the stone age and treasured for its rich and ancient culture, abundant natural resources, and sacred landmarks. However, currently the nation is at a crossroads between its fresh modern culture and farced traditional culture.

Iran is a focal point of conflicting culture and sharp disparities. Cities are centers of innovation while also the heart of Middle Eastern culture. Contemporary fashion, competing with traditional clothing, has become a symbol of rebellion and westernization. Western culture, with the aid of Iran's youngest generation, is being popularized and implemented in society while also competing with traditional culture whihc is desperately gripping to its hold on Iran's people.

Provided is a short glimpse of Iran and its competing westernized and traditional cultures.

I have had the privilege of witnessing a plethora of sharp contrasts in rising modern cultures and standard traditional cultures in Iran. Cultural contrasts are ubiquitous in Iran but one must expland their their observations to a further degree with an analytical and curious attitude in order to realize the intensity of globalization and its effects on a nation and its people. Although globalization is crucial in helping Iran become a competitive force in the global market, it has led Iran to restructure its economy and therefore make budget cuts that once supported health and education. This is severely detrimental to many of the lower class and has further widened the gap between the upper and lower class and unfortunately separated them from the gradual trend of national development.


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