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Nov 22, 2005 - Into the very belly of the beast

It was remarkable....in just one day we went into the shrine and tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini just outside of Tehran and into the outer rings of the Hazrat-e Masumeh, the second-holiest site for Shiite Muslims in Iran, in the city of Qom. It's a bit hard to describe the experience. The shrine to Imam Khomeini is both beautiful and ugly at the same time. The complex includes four domes covered in turquoise tile, four minarets, and a large golden dome over the tomb itself. But the turquoise tiled domes sit on top of large blocks of grey...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Onward to Qom, City of Mullahs

As much as I enjoy Tehran and the friends I have there, it was good to get on the road. It was also good to be leaving Tehran without having been arrested, as happened last time. I guess the Basijis, the hardline Islamic militiamen who mistook me for a British spy ('but I'm Australian, why on earth would I be spying for the British'), were too busy with the new crackdown on women wearing open-toed shoes. My first stop was Qom, only a couple of hours by aging Mercedes bus south of Tehran. Qom is the second-holiest city in Iran and as the...

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Andrew Burke in Iran