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Conflict is a fear of difference.’

TS1: Economic


TS2: Values

TS3: Status


Conflict is a fear of difference, difference is what harms the equality of women is Iranian society to that of men. Women suffer less right to men because of the word of the Quran, a text that has been interpreted to limit the values and status of women in Iran as claimed to protect them from the threat of "imported Western values". Conflict thus initiates by those in society who have found a voice to challenge this difference, that many otherwise fear as the consequences on the weaker sex are far more punishable and that is why a fear is created.

The economy; a cause for all wars over the cause of history is the fight for rich over poor. The fear of being poor is the fear of difference, conflict has had its cause over this issue because the poor will always be oppressed by the rich (more powerful) it is an inevitable course that society has built. Razieh and Hajjat suffer the same consequence of that in A Separation. Their financial situation has led to Hajjat being summoned to jail after failing to pay his creditors, so when Nader is let off by the judge for the appeared cause of miscarriage to Razieh Hajjat reacts violently. His violence is triggered by fear of circumstance that the rich always remain victorious when confronted with conflict as their wealth brings them the verdict. Similarly we fear this difference, our country fears this economic difference as it is a threat, money brings you what others fear- death. Think about it, the world largest economic countries have the biggest armies- US and China. Therefore we try and limit this difference to become in a safe range of not feeling prone to the effects of difference.

The values of a person, group or a society are is an issue when they are not willing to accept difference. Religion is core to this, when we’re not willing to accept another religion for fears of it harming our own belief system conflict may be initiated. People might feel insulated by others; beliefs, or that different belief systems are a threat to them being able to live their own ideals. We may feel incline to assert our own belief systems to counter the attack and fear of another religion takeover. Masih Alinejad has felt the effects of this fear though within her own religion, she values free choice of wearing the Hijab though her own religion determined by Islamic Law in Iran prevents it. Her values have been a cause of threat by Islamic authorities evidence in her exile to Brooklyn. Not willing to accept Islamic Laws threat of her own values has caused Alienjad to react through social media, and the press receiving feedback which has countered the threat somewhat of this conflict. What this has told us is that difference if supported by a majority can counter attack the minority, thus ridding of any fears. Though it can also provoke further conflict, out values may be misinterpreted as the case with Alienjad and the Iranian authorities have reacted as necessary by preventing Alienjad’s fear of threat to Iranian women ideas by falsely accusing her ideas to be heretic due to alleged rape of her. Difference in many cases has led to oppression because those in power have the ability to assert their own belief that is usually supported by a majority, it is evident through history that difference has been necessarily counterattacked through revolution as this is key to values. The majority who hold that value will always win out, in the case of Alienjad not enough support for women values means that her protest is unlikely to have an impact were the majority of the population believe faithfully in the Iranian Government.

Status is a difference that can initiate conflict, this is after someone being treated with little respect and dignity conflict can ensue. As a mean of reassessing this status whether this be a reaction to a personal slight or a lack of respect for a social position. Our status is important, determining many aspects of how we live our lives; though if we look at status from Islamic point of view women are degraded for gender status. This is rarely seen in western society but a women is degraded from a majority of privileges that we may take for granted. Our status causes conflict, as we usually are inspired to reach higher, though the status that we try to achieve will also cause threat to those who hold the status we desire. They will prevent any means possible that we do not acquire a status that would cause them to lose their position, or harm their belief or value that would allow this group to enter their equal privilege. Privileges of Saudi Arabian women compared to other societies are limited majorly by their ban on becoming, or driving a car. A constant struggle that has been rapidly defended by the authorities with the most likely excuse that they will come into contact with another man is wildly viewed by societies were this is the least of their worries. For women trying to achieve their goal of driving in Saudi Arabia it becomes an almost impossible goal where if their status is limited by their voice due to the strong belief in custom and tradition followed by Islamic Law. Status has been limited as the men are who hold power, causing women to be oppressed by their laws as it is scribed in the devoted religion they follow. Those who fight to drive are fighting their religion, which is not tolerated in a country so heavily influence by Islamic Law that the barriers of status become almost impossible unless the men are to support women into higher ranks. Status has caused conflict, but it is also evident that in a certain place it can also become impossible to improve status as their social position is defended by a majority. In Saudi Arabia in simple terms women are a minority. Women here fear men, as the consequence of breaking law is jail or lashes, which has been exercised and promoted in their media. This fear has created a stagnant movement that requires women who are fit to be penalised if found guilty. Penalties of status here can also be a threat of movement that we are likely to scared to confront. This all boils down in history as the oppressed will likely continue to be oppressed until there is a radical change (revolution) that causes the tides to change and be aided by a majority.



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