This blew my mind. Forgive my ignorance any older readers who were around pre-1979, I was born in the 80s and in my naivety believed Iran had always been an Islamic stronghold. I'm sure like me the majority of people think that all corners of the world is in a constant process of opening up and becoming more 'western' and liberal. Clearly that's not the case at all, which is such a shame.
I think Egypt is probably on the way to where Iran is today. I saw an interview with an Egyptian woman recently saying that 30 years ago you would never see anyone wearing a hijab in public, let alone a burka or niqab. Nowadays, she was saying any Egyptian woman seen in public not covering their hair, at the very least, receives a great deal of verbal and sometimes physical abuse.
Hopefully one day we can take the clock back in countries and peoples held hostage by Islam.