Travel reports from Iran

Our way to Qom and the beginning of the Islamic revolution: Ghom 1/2

The conservative Ghom and the radical clergy

Ghom is the most conservative city of Iran. Here women wear only chador and even toddlers are shrouded in headscarves. Ruhollah Khomeini, the later leader of the Islamic revolution, studied here. Here we are a guest at Maryam. The young, lively woman lives with her family somewhere in the center of Ghom. For generations the strictly religious family has been linked to Islam. Maryam's grandfather, her father and many of her uncles studied theology and work as mullahs, Islamic religious scholars, in various institutions at home and abroad.