Iraj Mesdaghi con Torture in the Name of Allah: Ghezelhesar Prison (English Edition)
Islamic fundamentalists in Iran utilize a fanatical interpretation of the Quran to demonstrate divine approval for their crimes and justify atrocities taking place inside prison walls against those regarded as heretics and infidels. The scale and complexity of tortures are particularly grueling for female heretics and infidels. Two specific types of torture applied in Ghezelhesar Prison on female political prisoners during 1983-1984 are covered at length together with the predicament of victims. Residential Unit and Resurrection wards offered an assortment of physical tortures and emotional trauma designed to psychologically annihilate prisoners to repent and return to Islam. Residential Unit was a place where inmates were forced to continuously live with the torturers. In Resurrection, inmates were placed in prefabricated coffin-shaped boxes resembling virtual graves. Based on extensive eye witness accounts by former victims of these horrendous wards, this book explains the ideological genesis of such tortures, definition of terms in the minds of perpetrators, scriptural basis in Shia Islam to contextualize the atrocities and their systematic administration on victims. It also sheds light on why the perpetrators never felt any remorse for the atrocities.