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Number Seven Thousand Five Hundred - 03 February 2024
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Five Hundred - 03 February 2024 - Page 1

Cultural theology of Al-Aqsa Storm

Western decline, rise of Resistance: Five new trends in global fundamental changes

By Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance
The question that is currently being discussed among scholars and intellectuals, both in academic and religious circles, is: How does global cultural theology understand the issue of the Al-Aqsa storm, and how does it reconcile it with religious identities such as Muslim, Christian, Jewish, etc.?
I aim to reframe this problem and state that the Operation Al-Aqsa Storm itself carries a new “cultural theology” born at a historical moment: during a period of cultural recession in the globalized Western world. Precisely at a time when a reversal of cultural trends from secular American-European cultures is at its peak, indicating the rise of “spiritual cultures.” In the era of the “Western recession,” the OperationAl-Aqsa storm has globally presented the values of cultural resistance, and we need to strive to contextualize its “cultural theology.”

Conscience shaming world
The Operation Al-Aqsa storm, with its military initiation, holds a cultural and Islamic essence. It has propelled the world into a new phase of “ethical reconsideration” and “international shame” regarding the global policies of the West. The basis and meaning of this ethical reconsideration cannot be understood outside the realm of religious teachings and theological concepts. This shaming and redirection have long been guided by the leadership of Imam Khomeini and the wise leadership of Ayatollah Khamenei, and its results can be observed today in various levels of global political and cultural geography.
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