RFL/RE – A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran’s holy Shi’ite city of Qom where many of Iran’s senior ayatollahs are based.
Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month.
In recent months, senior clerics and hard-liners have criticized the government for allowing concerts in religious cities that host shrines of revered Shi’ite saints.
The Culture Ministry said last week that it would not permit concerts in Qom and Mashhad.
Many concerts in other Iranian cities, including the capital, Tehran, have been canceled in recent months due to pressure from hard-liners.
Based on reporting by AP, BBC and Fararu