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Imam Khomeini's cultural legacy: Balancing art, tradition, Islamic values

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, held distinct views on culture.

Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, held distinct views on culture.

He emphasized the importance of a strong Islamic identity while recognizing the value of Iranian artistic heritage.

He rejected cultural dependency on Western powers, considering it detrimental to Iranian identity.

Imam Khomeini argued for an "Iranian-Islamic culture" that would draw upon Iran's rich history and traditions while adhering to Islamic values.

This approach aimed to foster resistance against negative Western influences.

Imam Khomeini believed Iranians needed to appreciate their unique cultural heritage and express it through art and media.

He championed the creation of art and media that promoted Islamic principles while countering negative Western influences.

Despite his concerns about such Western influences, Imam Khomeini did not reject art altogether. A noteworthy example is his positive stance on some Iranian movies such as 'The Cow', directed by Daryush Mehrjouee.

He saw such movies as a valuable example of how cinema could be used for cultural and spiritual education.

Traditionally, religious leaders in Iran often viewed cinema with suspicion. His approach, however, demonstrated his willingness to value works that aligned with Islamic teachings.

Imam Khomeini's cultural legacy is valuable for Iranians and people across the globe.

His emphasis on cultural self-confidence and the potential of art for education continues to influence cultural notions in Iran as well as other countries. 

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, who succeeded Imam Khomeini as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, has played a significant role in materializing the thoughts of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution.

Under the leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran has become a significant player in regional and international politics.

Iran prepares to commemorate the passing anniversary of Imam Khomeini on June 3.

Imam Khomeini passed away in 1989.

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