He was reading a French-African play⎯upside down (meant as an obscure joke).Throughout our relationship, I've learned a lot about setting boundaries and being more verbal when it comes to my needs."In the name of God", too, that you yearn for it, pine for it, so that when, at 8am, your plane lifts above the runway, and Iranian soil, you beg for it.
The fact is that Islam was an Arab import to a culture whose central religion – Zoroastrianism – was non-proselytising and based around a transcendent, non-personal, non-patriarchal God.
Revolutions always need an ideology – and fundamentalist Islam was the nearest to hand.
"The night is gone," said another great Persian poet, Rumi, "and day has arrived/ and the sleeper shall see what he has dreamed." We can only hope that that spirit of beauty, the one that produced some of the greatest poetry, architecture and science in the world, will one day crush the plodding literal-mindedness of the misogynists in charge, will one day rip the veil, and the headscarf, and the chador, away.
If you want to make a woman feel like a slut, just give her a headscarf.
Hair which hitherto caused anxiety only for its recalcitrant frizziness, or greasiness, or stubborn, rogue curls is instantly transformed from neutral, necessary framing of too-tired, too-wrinkled or too-blotchy face into glinting, winking, evil sexual weapon, a trap to catch and poach and traumatise an innocent male.