Stoning of the Devils, ca. 1980s
September 25th, 2016
In this poster, a pilgrim on his way to Mecca pelts stones at the manifestations of evil surrounding him. His white robes and the Ka’ba in his heart symbolize his spiritual purity. The surrounding figures include soldiers concealed by gas masks, a raven, and black-hooded warlocks. Their characters represent evil, while gold coins and money stand for material temptation of the pilgrim. This scene of resistance and perseverance parallels the Islamic Republic’s self-image as it sought to present itself as a liberator against the world’s imperial powers, reclaiming Islam from its corruptors.