With about 60% of the population younger than 30, cohabitation is inevitable in Iran, according to Nina Ansary, an expert on women's rights in the Islamic Republic.
And although the official rhetoric is hard-line, a significant portion of Iranian society is more sophisticated and less hidebound than the ruling establishment.
(Vahid Salemi / Associated Press) Nina and Ahmad have lived happily together in their small one-bedroom apartment for years.
They share the cost of groceries; they split the rent.
Talks over Iran’s nuclear program are bogging down because Tehran’s negotiators are reluctant to put in writing previous concessions that may be deeply unpopular at home, current and former diplomats said Tuesday.
The case against Jason Rezaian, the Post’s Tehran bureau chief, is in the hands of the Revolutionary Court, reported the Islamic Republic...
A Washington Post journalist detained for almost six months in Iran has been indicted on unspecified charges, the country’s official news agency said Wednesday.
Iran has a dress code for women, and rules about conduct in public are strict.
Last year, the chief of staff to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called cohabitation "shameful.""The Islamic ruler should strongly fight this kind of life," said Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, and officials should "show no mercy" in cracking down on the practice.In April, the government shut down a women's magazine for dedicating a special report to cohabitation, a practice commonly referred to as "white marriage."A Washington Post journalist detained for almost six months in Iran has been indicted on unspecified charges, the country’s official news agency said Wednesday.But in Iran, where Islamic teachings are woven into all aspects of life, theirs is a delicate — and illegal — arrangement: They are not married.The pair is among a growing number of young couples in Iran who are living together without exchanging vows, a trend that the government says undermines the country's religious values.The case against Jason Rezaian, the Post’s Tehran bureau chief, is in the hands of the Revolutionary Court, reported the Islamic Republic... Mc Donnell)There are no official estimates on the number of unmarried couples cohabiting in Iran, where those who engage in sex, dating or even hand holding out of wedlock find themselves on the wrong side of the law.