Iranian Bob Dylan Sentenced
2009-08-05 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 34 Comments

A singer-songwriter who has been referred to as the "Iranian Bob Dylan" has been sentenced in absentia by an Iranian court to five years in prison for recording music that "dishonours" the Qu'ran.

Mohsen Namjoo, who has been living in Vienna since 2007 after he was banned from performing and selling his music in Iran, was accused by a prominent Iranian scholar of Islam of recording "an insulting, sneering performance of Koranic verses with musical instruments."

Iran's quasi-official news source IQNA named the plaintiff as Abbas Salimi Namin and quoted him accusing Namjoo of “derisive rendering of Koran verses and disrespect toward” the holy book. The charge is believed to have been levied against a private recording entitled 'Gis,' recorded in 2005 and leaked online earlier this year.

Namjoo, a noted satirist of Persian poetry, apologised for the song earlier this year in an open letter addressed to his mother, clerics and the Iranian people (though, curiously, not Allah) for recording the song and declared himself the victim of an "unauthorised release". He has vowed to sue the offenders.

Namjoo's lawyer, his brother Hamid, dismissed the charges. An appeal is planned.

Download 'Gis' below:

http://iranian.com/Music/Namjoo/Audio/Gis.mp3

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 5th 2009

17195 Comments


people and their religion...

Darkman1
August 5th 2009

48 Comments


When you grow in a certain culture, you are taught what is right and wrong for THAT culture
He made the decision on his own...it was his own choice...pay the price


JokesorInsults
August 5th 2009

244 Comments


Hey Darkman, as long as we're thinking like that, why don't you tell black southerners it's their fault for being racially discriminated against, or tell Middle Eastern women it's their fault for being restricted by a male-dominated society.

Srsly, what you said was ridiculous.

RedSky
August 5th 2009

281 Comments


@Darkman1

Yep, because obviously morality and human rights are relative.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 5th 2009

23798 Comments


Haha flawethrower attack.

Seriously though, what a dumb thing to say.

Darkman1
August 5th 2009

48 Comments


Excuse me for being such an opponent of human rights
This is so pathetic
Think about it in retrospective first:

In Iran, you are taught from your childhood that certain thigs, while accepted in other places, are not acceptable in their own customs

Now to give you a better idea, think of it this way: In the US and western hemisphere as a whole, marrying into family is considered offensive, but drinking alcohol is deemed "normal"
like wise in Iran, there are specific things you can and cannot do, that includes making morally offensive music (and yes, you can have black metal/death metal/melodic metal etc there, as long as the lyrics do not insult people's belief) and drinking alcohol etc; things we know generally about muslim countries.

So to give you a simple, but gross comparison:
You want too marry your first cousin (dammmnn) but you live in Michigan. So instead of moving, you marry her/him in that state and just pointlessly get yourself in deep shit.
Similarly, in Iran, if you know that making certain music is offensive and illegal even, then why not just move out of the country (if you're so dedicated to your music) or just take the easy way and censor your lyrics enough to be considered 'borderline acceptable'.
There are many examples of lyrics leading to government involvment, such as Ice-T's Cop Killer, which was removed from Body Count's album and led to charges being laid on Ice-T himself. So please don't sit on your couch, eating your potato chips and deeming other nation's customs as "right or wrong"



dammmmm i wrote a long paragraph, but the kids underground these days just go crazy at strict laws and things we deem "inhumane". Get it right. Everyplace has a certain lifestyle, thats why we don't live under a One World Government.

burton.and.gas
August 5th 2009

641 Comments


If he lives in Vienna does it really matter? I mean I doubt he is going to be extradited.

In addition, Darkman says stupid things, you should have explained it in full at first dude, I mean I still don't agree but at least it sounds like you thought it through now.

Spare
August 5th 2009

5250 Comments


there's a website called iranian.com? also i'm downloading this. hope it's good.

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JokesorInsults
August 5th 2009

244 Comments


Darkman I can deem whatever government I want to as "wrong," because I live in a nation where I can say that without fear of being persecuted for it; and believe me, I'm not an American stalwart and I don't agree with a lot of the shit they've done and I'm also lazy and ignorant and white and raised with a false sense of entitlement, but at least in this country if my government fucks up I can call them out on it.

The fact that you're able to so clearly see another nation's inhumanity towards its own people with fascist laws and inane religious discrimination and try to justify it astounds me. Just because a law deems it illegal doesn't mean that the action is in a morally corrupt stance; we had laws that promoted slavery for 400 years because a bunch of Christian zealots saw farmers cashing in off of forced labor and spent hundreds of years justifying it through Biblical scripture.

And the point isn't that he could do it somewhere else, it's that in this "enlightened" age where most governments try to encourage progression towards acceptance of all peoples Iran is still stuck in a oligarchy of religious leaders who make their subjects adhere to their beliefs without question, or face imprisonment or death for saying that the Qu'ran is wrong; that's the kind of thinking that started the Inquisition.

Spare
August 5th 2009

5250 Comments


song is actually really really bad but watevs.

PanasonicYouth
August 5th 2009

7411 Comments


so hey i like the song a lot.

Zip
August 5th 2009

5312 Comments


Bob Dylan should do something about this.

PanasonicYouth
August 5th 2009

7411 Comments


"free the iranian me" movement?

Zip
August 5th 2009

5312 Comments


totally.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 5th 2009

10585 Comments


Fuck all religions that lead to stupid shit like this....and yes this means the pious Christians too

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RobertDennis2
August 5th 2009

134 Comments


good, can't have them delinquents walkin' around with them type o' beliefs, they'll mess everyone up and make 'em think wacky

Spamue1G
August 5th 2009

1292 Comments


Darkman, your argument justifies the removal of human rights based upon location. Just because you don't base your argument upon that doesn't make it a lesser point.

If someone want to get married to their first cousin, they could move somewhere that it's legal, of course leaving everything they had before behind and failing to stand up for equal rights in different places. Likewise, this guy could have left his relatives and friends behind in order to make his music legal, but not only would that disadvantage him but mean that he was accepting the fact that the Iranian government is allowed to trample all over free speech.

If we want things to change, we can't just accept the bad in the world and tell everyone to move away from it.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 5th 2009

10585 Comments


He is right that he did know the law and therefore will pay the price. That much is true. However, hopefully this will get high profile enough for Iran to make some changes. Unfortunately changing thousands of year old customs will not happen over night. I bet Iranian prisons are shitty too.

NebSnurb
August 5th 2009

535 Comments


Iranian prisons have PS3s and 5-star food, king size beds and unlimited shower time.

FadeToBlack
August 5th 2009

10913 Comments


Do they get soap to drop in the showers too?

NebSnurb
August 5th 2009

535 Comments


No, they get liquid soap so there is nothing to drop.


But the shampoo is a bar.

Zip
August 5th 2009

5312 Comments


lol what the fuck

Xenophanes
Emeritus
August 5th 2009

10585 Comments


What I mean is, American prisons are fantastic compared to others. We get free medical care and everything, its ridiculous

John Paul Harrison
August 5th 2009

1014 Comments


don't post the link u jackasses ur gonna get him killed

burton.and.gas
August 5th 2009

641 Comments


who is going to kill him?

Wizard
August 5th 2009

19208 Comments


When you grow in a certain culture, you are taught what is right and wrong for THAT culture
He made the decision on his own...it was his own choice...pay the price


Probably one of most narrow minded and dumbest things I've read here in a long time.

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corb
August 5th 2009

59 Comments


interesting

Starsprophet
August 5th 2009

6 Comments


"Unfortunately changing thousands of year old customs will not happen over night."

Fortunately for the people of Iran these arn't thousand year old customs. Iran was one of the first democracies in the middle east... that is until the CIA assassinated the elected leader because he tried to charge the British for moving oil through Iran. We put the Shaw of Iran in power, there was a revolution, and THEN this crazy religious bullshit started happening. And the fact is its basically our fault. I just hope this dude doesn't actually go to prison to such a dumb reason, and I hope Iran can change for the better.

Starsprophet
August 5th 2009

6 Comments


BTW, if I'm not mistaken "sentenced in absentia" means he is not actually in Iran. So he shouldn't end up in jail.

MentalityOfA
August 5th 2009

1213 Comments


This is stupid.

Zip
August 6th 2009

5312 Comments


I am going to write something disparaging about the quran in a song now, just to piss them off.

danse
August 6th 2009

76 Comments


sometimes my lawn doesnt look that nice


dude, im so sorry. i had no idea

mothergoose
August 6th 2009

308 Comments


In 5-10 years we'll all be living under Islamic dictatorships anyway, so it's good to know what the boundaries are in advance.

Emim
August 8th 2009

26476 Comments


"or do you have complete and total faith in the legitimacy of the iranian justice system"

I do. Any offense = stoning
Seems simple to me.




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