Shalom Life | April 23, 2014

The Devil's Haircut?

Catalogue of acceptable male haircuts released in Iran.

By: Bev Spritzer

Published: July 6th, 2010 in News » World

The Devil's Haircut?

On Monday Iran released a catalogue of haircuts deemed appropriate for Muslim men. All haircuts on the photographic list have been preapproved by Iran’s culture ministry.

The move is being implemented by the University of Tehran and the local association of barbers "in order to avoid inappropriate hairstyles and encourage an Islamic culture,” it was reported.

The catalogue has been distributed in accordance with a clothing law approved by the Iranian parliament four years ago at the beginning of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's first term as president.

Iranian police have been known to occasionally raid barber shops, who have been known to provide “Western haircuts.” Their owners are typically warned or steered in the proper haircutting direction, and must promise to not repeat their actions.

Police in Iran have told newspapers that 16,000 women and 500 men have been cautioned in the last week over improper attire, though it is unclear whether these figures apply to all of Iran, or just to Tehran, its capital.

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has upheld the Sharia – a sacred law of Islam, which commands women to cover themselves with a veil called "hijab." Men, on the other hand, must have a proper, adequately short haircut, and are not allowed to walk around in public wearing shorts, or to wear a tie.

Barbers are also advised not to pluck men’s eyebrows, as this form of grooming is deemed inappropriate, and Western.

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