Women not permitted to sing, Iran minister saysPublished by International Liberty on February 10, 2015
Hassan Rouhani’s government will not issue permits for women to sing solo, Ali Jannati, Iran’s minister of Culture and Guidance has declared. Makarem Shirazi, another senior mullah also showed his opposition to women singers in his lecture as a matter that “causes popular discontent”.
Speaking in Isfahan last Friday, Ali Jannati said: “Those political currents that seek to weaken and destroy the government offer incorrect information to religious scholars and members of parliament and distort the issue.”
He stressed that: “The Ministry of Guidance and Culture does not issue permits for women to sing solo”, and added: “Ministry of Guidance works in adherence to Supreme Leader’s viewpoint.”
Jannati’s remarks followed statements by two senior clerics in Qom announcing that women cannot sing in Iran.
Nouri Hamedani and Makarem Shirazi in Qom had protested against an album that had songs of a female singer, state-run news agency website Tabnak reported on February 4.
Nouri Hamedani said in one of his sermons that it is “religiously forbidden” for women to sing or play musical instruments in front of men. “Any film, festival, book or music that is in contrast with revolutionary values will be stopped,” he stressed.