Persepolis is an autobiography charting Marjane Satrapi’s coming of age during the Iranian Revolution and birth of the new Islamic regime. Throughout Persepolis, Satrapi follows her grandmother’s footsteps by embodying the spirit of a rebel, and taking a daring stand as an advocate for freedom. She welcomes any challenge and always speaks her mind as opposed to what others want to hear.
A few of my friends are Persian-Bahais. In 1980, around the same time Persepolis took place, 9 members of the National Spirtitual Assembly of Bahais were taken hostage by the regime. To this day, there whereabouts are unknown and they are believed to be dead. This event allowed further persecution of Bahais in an attempt to stunt the growth of the Bahai Faith. My friend Payam told me that the regime uses Bahais as a scapegoat for the troubles brought to the country by making them “enemies of the state.” Despite this state-sponsored persecution, Bahais have remained resilient. Currently they are one of the fastest growing religions in the world. This growth is just one more example of their resilience and the strength of the Iranian people as a whole.
Satrapi, like the Bahais, learned firsthand the harsh realities of pre and post revolutionary Iran. Irrespective of the institution of Islamic fundamentalism, Satrapi was able to find in herself the strength that would see her through. Satrapi and the Bahais share(d) two common denominators: oppressed and resilient. They are rebels with a cause.