Girl Meets God

Children are notorious for having “untainted” imagination, allowing them to visualize life events and more intangible (unseen) concepts in a way that adults are often unable to. Marjane Satrapi’s religious identity is of such a high level. She thinks outside the box. Marjane believes she is a prophet and was “born with religion” (pg. 6), sees God as a friend and compassionate refuge (as on page 53 when she says she feels safe and secure in his arms, viewing God as a personal God who is to be loved and respected, similar to a grandfather. In fact, her image of God is reflective of her grandfather, as she pictures him as an elderly man with long white hair and wise wrinkles. God is her source of wisdom and affection and comfort. However, she develops a nervous condition between science/technology and her faith. This brings about a change in her religious identity, as she has to wonder, “How do I put together science, or individuality, and God?” For her, Islam is compassion; it involves community above the individual.

(I chose the image below because the relationship captured in the photo is incredibly picturesque, just like Marjane’s sense of her relationship with God.)

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On Current Events in Iran… (The New York Times)

The United States and European nations lifted oil and financial sanctions on Iran on Saturday and released roughly $100 billion of its assets after international inspectors concluded that the country had followed through on promises to dismantle large sections of its nuclear program. The moves came at the end of a day of high drama that played out in a diplomatic dance across Europe and the Middle East, just hours after Tehran and Washington swapped long-held prisoners.

Five Americans, including a Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, were released by Iran hours before the nuclear accord was implemented. The detention of one of the released Americans, Matthew Trevithick, who had been engaged in language studies in Tehran when he was arrested, according to his family, had never been publicly announced.Early on Sunday, a senior United States official said, “Our detained U.S. citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart Iran have left.” The Washington Post also released a statement confirming that Mr. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, had left Iran.

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