An Instagram account showing the everyday behavior of Muslim clergymen has gained an enthusiastic Instagram following.
The account, called "Talabeh Today", shows the everyday activity of clerics in Iran. "Talabeh" is farsi for a religious student.
Clergy are shown going about their daily lives and all that involves. The men are shown riding buses...
Using ski lifts...
Visiting local gardens...
And carrying out their religious duties such as answering questions submitted by their congregation.
The creator of the account, Masoud Zareian, a clergyman and documentary maker, told BuzzFeed News he wished to show the varied lifestyle experienced by different clerics.
"While Muslim clerics' presence in people's life starts with their life and ends with death both inside Iran and outside, people don't have a clear understanding of Muslim clerics' life," he said.
When asked what he hopes the account will achieve, Zareian said he wished to open people's minds to the varied roles played by Islamic clergy men in everyday life
"I hope this page can create a dialogue between religions around the world, and prevent the prejudices and good understanding of Islam for free spirited people around the world."
Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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