The Koran, copying the Jewish Old Testament, does not approve of sodomy.
But homosexual relationships between men and boys have generally been tolerated in the Islamic world.
And most Moslems, like most Christians, are friendly hospitable and liberal folks.
Janet Afary has written Sexual Politics in Modern Iran.
(The New York Review of Books)
Afary provides evidence that, in Iran, men have been allowed to "penetrate" boys, so long as the boys are young and beardless.
The Shah brought in some reforms.
Khomeini brought back the veil.
(And what might be considered to be Jewish Old Testament style punishments.)
Under Khomeini child marriage was allowed once more.
Now there are rumours about 'young boys and girls' gathering 'in front of Khamanei's residence and 'Khameni trips to Qazvin, a city famous for its big number of Pedophiles.'
In the late nineteenth century Richard Francis Burton referred to Central Asian pederasty as "the Persian vice."
According to Burton, Persian boys used each other for sexual pleasure, in a game known as alish-takish.
The late shah of Iran was rumoured to be bisexual.
'There were reports that a close male friend of the shah from Switzerland, a man who knew him from their student days in that country, routinely visited him.'
Prime minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda was said to have been a homosexual. (Cached)
Taxi drivers in Teheran will tell you that Ayatollah Khomeini was an MI6 agent and that Britain toppled the Shah. (aangirfan: 'The overthrow of the Shah of Iran by the CIA and MI6')
And then there are the stories about the Ayatollah and .....